LEDs lighting up Gloucester
Gloucestershire County Council's LED street lighting partner, Skanska, is half way through the rollout work in Gloucester and are currently on target to complete the scheme in 2018.
Over 6,000 streetlights have been upgraded with LED technology since the rollout began in November 2015.
The modern form of lighting uses 70% less energy than conventional sodium lights and has a much longer life, meaning significantly reduced maintenance costs. By making the decision to use more LED street lights now, the council will make financial savings of about £17million over the next 12 years.
Skanska started the rollout of LED lighting across the county last year and have now taken over the general maintenance of the council's street lighting, lit signs and bollards.
In July 2014, cabinet agreed that the council would begin a competitive tender process for a two-part contract, covering an LED lighting scheme and the general maintenance of the council's street lighting, lit signs and bollards.
To mark the start of the eleven year maintenance contract an information event was held on 1st April, with talks and training workshops for both GCC and Skanska staff.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said, "Our street lighting partnership with Skanska provides quality services and value for money for local tax payers, as well as helping the county to achieve its sustainability objectives.
"Skanska are currently making great progress replacing existing sodium lighting across the county with more efficient and reliable LED technology, which combined with specialist monitoring equipment will significantly reduce our street lighting maintenance costs."
Skanska operations director James Holmes said: "It's incredibly pleasing to see the work progressing so well. The LED upgrade will bring tremendous benefits to Gloucestershire, including substantial cost savings, carbon reduction, and improvements in reliability.
"In the last six months we've built an excellent working relationship with our colleagues at the council. Taking on responsibility for the general maintenance means that we can further develop our relationship and deliver the work in an even more efficient way."
To find out more about the LED scheme and where the work will be taking place go to http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/LEDSL
The way to report problems with street lights, lit signs and bollards will not change. If you spot a problem you can report it online at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/reportit.
The county council's highway crews work around the clock every day of the year to keep Gloucestershire safe and moving. Anyone on Twitter can follow @GlosRoads to find out what is being worked on at the moment and look out for the hashtag #highways365 for the latest updates.