A street lighting programme for Peterborough is to be expanded and accelerated in a new move by the city council.
Under the scheme all remaining sodium and other older lighting will be replaced with the latest LED lamps, improving safety and delivering major energy savings. New cabling is also to be installed.
More than 7,000 street lights have been replaced with more efficient and effective LED lighting since January 2012. The remaining 17,000 lamps will be upgraded over the next three years.
The move is a change to the previous timeframe of ten years, as well as an expansion which will mean all street and road lighting will now be improved.
Overall, the investment will save the council £8.6million over 20 years in saved energy costs. This in part will be achieved by accelerating the programme meaning that the council will more quickly reap energy efficiency savings.
Councillor Peter Hiller, cabinet member for growth, planning, housing and economic development, said: “Rolling out this new lighting is great news for the city. Not only does it mean that the council can make all important cost savings, as well as live up to our environmental values, but the new LED lights do a better job, too.
“The new lighting is white, rather than orange, which makes it easier to see by. It will help to create safer, stronger communities by helping to reduce crime levels and the fear of crime. The project will improve our residents’ quality of life for generations to come.”
The new lights use less than a third of the energy of traditional ones. They will be rolled out on a ward-by-ward and parish-by-parish basis.
An additional £3.6million will borrowed by the council to fund the expansion of the street light improvement scheme, however even after these additional costs the scheme will deliver an annual saving of £430,000 for at least the next 20 years once all lights are replaced.