Lighting up in Reading

by Marco Cillario Thu 7 April 2016, 12:36 pm

A two-year multimillion pound project to replace all the streetlamps in Reading with energy efficient LEDs started on Monday 4 April 2016.

The scheme will see £9.8 million spent to substitute 11,329 old lanterns with the new units, which are said to cost about half as much to run and will last longer.

The plan, funded through £6.86 million from the government's Highways Challenge Fund and £2.94 million from the council, is expected to pay for itself through reduced energy and maintenance costs over the next 20 years.

The project, delivered by Volker Highways, also includes the replacement of 2,533 street lighting columns which have reached the end of their useful lives, 2,578 sign lights with LED units and 890 illuminated bollards with solar powered ones.

Tony Page, Reading's lead councillor for strategic environment, planning and transport, said that the investment would provide “immediate and long lasting benefits”.

He explained: “The new lighting gives better vision in the evenings and therefore safety for pedestrians. LED lighting also reduces power consumption, which in turn reduces the council's carbon footprint.

“The new lamps also produce less light pollution so we will be able to see more of the night-time sky as the orange glow from street lighting disappears over the next two years.”

The council said it has already replaced hundreds of yellow streetlights with LED lighting across the borough as the old bulbs failed.

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