New LED street lights for Suffolk's roads
Multi-million pound plans to overhaul Suffolk’s street lighting with LED lights have been given the nod by county chiefs.
Around 43,000 of the county’s street lights are to be replaced with LEDs – around two thirds of the network – because they are more energy efficient. The programme of work is expected to cost £9.8million.
According to the council, the proposals have been brought forward because energy prices have risen each year between 8% and 12%, with the new LED lamps set to shave as much as 60% off the energy bill.
Conservative cabinet member for highways, Andrew Reid, said: “If we can spend less on street lighting we can spend more on fixing potholes and cutting back overgrown vegetation.”
Work on the conversion is expected to be on-going until autumn 2022.
It follows previous measures to save costs which involved turning some street lights off at 11.30pm in quieter roads across the county – a measure reported to save around £90,000. The new LED lights will be brighter than existing street lights.
More by this authorJason Noble, Local Democracy Reporter