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Majority of street lights not working

Reported via desktop in the Street lighting category anonymously at 21:42, Tue 29 December 2020

Sent to Highways England less than a minute later

The street lights on the Preston bypass have been faulty for a long time now. Large sections have been switched off for a few years now with no work taking place to fix them. There are also many lamps out on the sections which are switched on; only one bulb of two is working in the majority of the columns and some aren't working at all.

In my opinion, this is dangerous as the constant change in lighting levels can be distracting to drivers

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  • Poor condition of the power cables has meant that the power to the lighting columns in this area has been isolated as a safety precaution. Renewal of this lighting has been phased to take place once an appropriate resolve has been determined. Unfortunately I am unable to provide any specific dates for this at present. Our short term plan is to look into what we can do initially via maintenance, this is being done at the moment. However, the longer term plan is to renew columns where required, as they become life-expired. These works will progress through our renewals programme.

    Only 30% of our total network is currently lit, and between 40-50% of motorways specifically. Highways England supports the aims of the Department for Transport to reduce carbon emissions by partially switching off (midnight to 5am) or permanently removing lighting from carefully selected stretches of motorway. Sites have been chosen where there is a good safety record and where analysis shows that the lights can be switched off without increasing risks to road user safety. We are still using road lighting where it is needed; however, we are confident that we can use less of it without a significant impact on safety for road users.

    Posted by Highways England at 12:00, Friday 29 January 2021

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