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Smart green lights

Smart green lights

28 January 2016

Some 7,700 ageing lighting columns across the Borough are due to be replaced along with LED lanterns - plus a further 5,400 LED lanterns on existing columns - thanks to a joint project with Slough and Reading borough councils.

The lanterns will be fitted with equipment that can control light levels, monitor their operation and communicate any problems or failures back to a central system.

The new energy efficient white lights should cut current street lighting energy consumption and carbon footprint by up to 70% for each new lantern. This has the potential of saving the public purse half a million pounds in the first four years alone.

The project is being part funded, up to £8.12million, by a Department of Transport Challenge Fund grant; the remainder is being topped up by capital funding. 

Work is due to start in April and is expected to take two years to complete.