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Work starts on Wirral’s streetlights in huge replacement programme

Work starts for the second phase of the LED replacement programme, this week.

9,000 streetlights in Wirral have already been replaced with new LED lamps and within this two-year programme there are plans to see a further 26,000 streetlights upgraded.

This is the largest scheme that has been undertaken by the Council and will dramatically improve Wirral’s street lighting by improving safety and future-proofing the network.

Cllr Julie McManus, Cabinet Member for Community Services comments: “I’m delighted that the programme of work on the borough’s streetlights has commenced, I know what an important asset this is to the council but also how vitally important they are to Wirral residents.

“By starting the second phase of this huge LED renewal programme, the streetlights have better quality lighting, that is safer and provides not only an improved streetlighting network to residents but one that is more environmentally friendly and fit for the future.”

Wirral has more than 35,000 streetlights and once complete, the streetlights will help to cut carbon emissions by 1,346.34 tCO2 per year.

As well as helping to meet carbon reduction targets by dramatically reducing energy use by 4,414,240 kWh per year, the new LED lights will also reduce running costs, these lamps are longer lasting than the original fittings, as well as requiring less maintenance.

By fitting streetlights with the new LED lamps, there will be a better quality of light as the white light is clearer and appears brighter, focussing on pavements and roads. This will be beneficial to resident’s safety across Wirral, improving both visibility and colour recognition, further providing CCTV cameras with clearer images.

The installation of the new LED lamps will be carried out by our preferred supplier SSE Enterprise Contracting.

John Bate from SSE Enterprise Contracting, Wirral Council’s partners to deliver this programme, said: “We successfully delivered phase 1 of the LED project and we look forward to again working with Wirral Council to achieve their targets in terms of energy savings and reducing carbon emissions.

“With our vast experience in the field of street lighting we are confident that we will deliver this project within the required timescales and look forward to working with Wirral Council once more.”

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.

LED street lighting technology is now common, and manufacturers have invested heavily in its development. Spares and maintenance components for older types of lighting are therefore becoming harder to source and, in some cases, have already become obsolete.

This programme has been scheduled for completion by autumn 2021.