An ambitious £25m project to modernise street lights throughout the county has been launched.
Up to 16,000 columns will be replaced and all will be fitted with new eco-friendly LED lantern units with the capability to vary the lighting levels.
Northumberland County Council has appointed Galliford Try Infrastructure Limited, part of the national house building and construction group, to deliver the design contract for the project.
Barry Rowland, executive director at Northumberland County Council, said: “We expect to make savings in excess of 50 per cent in both the energy and maintenance budgets through the investment in new technology, which should achieve savings of around £200,000 per year.”
The project will be delivered over a three year period through a joint venture with Galliford Try Infrastructure Limited. The contractor will have responsibility for design during the duration of the project. The contractor will also work with the Council to develop a programme of works for the project that will be published on the Council website, and updated as the project progresses.