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Streetlights continue to be upgraded in multi-million-pound programme

Wirral Council has chosen its preferred partner to deliver the second phase of its LED streetlight upgrade programme, with work starting this September.

SSE Enterprise Ltd have been awarded the contract, subject to contract and completion of procurement processes.

The two-year programme aims to replace a further 26,000 streetlights by Autumn 2021. Almost 9,000 streetlights have already been fitted with the new energy efficient LED light bulbs within previous contracts.

Awarding the second phase of the LED contract ensures that continued investments in the borough’s street lighting infrastructure to benefit Wirral’s residents.

Fitting streetlights with LED bulbs will improve the streetlighting network by minimising future energy use and reducing carbon emissions, creating a more efficient, reliable and environmentally conscious network.

Moving to LED lights will also result in annual savings due to lower maintenance costs, with LED lights being longer-lasting than the previous sodium equivalents.

The contract, which will see more than £10 million invested in Wirral’s streetlight infrastructure, also aims to replace 9,200 streetlight columns by Autumn 2021, following a condition survey of all 35,000 columns across Wirral.

This borough-wide investment has come about after Cabinet, last year, approved a successful bid of £4.6 million through an interest free loan from not-for-profit company SALIX as well as £5.95 million Council Capital funding.

This programme will follow on from the continued reactive work that has taken place over the summer. Due to the recent increase in capacity, work on Wirral’s streetlights has more than doubled from previous years with over 60 jobs now being carried out across the borough each day.

The continued work will help residents feel safer, improve access to transport and create jobs, while using less power and being better for the environment and enable Wirral Council to improve the efficiency of its services and deliver an infrastructure fit for the future.