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£3.7m For Bucks' Super Street Lights

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5:47am 25th April 2012

More than 10,000 street lights across Buckinghamshire are to be replaced with modern energy efficient units. 

The four year programme, which will start later this year, will replace larger, more powerful lights located on mainly non-residential traffic routes. The new lights will contain energy efficient equipment which will allow the lights to dim during off peak hours and maintain full power during peak traffic flows. Each new lamp has a life of 6 years, twice as long as the current lighting stock.

The dimming system allows for a reduction in energy used of up to £283,000 per year with the reduction in maintenance costs due to the longer life of each lamp adding to this value.

Peter Hardy, Buckinghamshire County Council's Cabinet Member for Planning and Transport told Mix96: "It is good news for the people of Buckinghamshire that we can make further savings from this initiative whilst providing an improved lighting stock on these traffic routes."

Steven Adams, Cabinet Member for Environment said: "By replacing our street lights with modern, energy efficient ones, we are not only going to be saving council taxpayers a considerable amount of money, but we are also reducing our carbon footprint quite significantly."

The cost of the project is £3.7m and has a payback period of 14 years. £1.4m of funding has been provided by Salix Finance Ltd and the remainder of the budget will come from the County Council.

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