Contract to bring light

Gary Young and Matt Burke from Galliford Try Infrastucture with councillors Ian Swithenbank, Grant Davey and Dave Ledger.
Gary Young and Matt Burke from Galliford Try Infrastucture with councillors Ian Swithenbank, Grant Davey and Dave Ledger.

Work will begin in the new year on a £25m project to modernise all street lighting in the county.

Northumberland County Council announced this week it has appointed Galliford Try Infrastructure Limited, part of the national house building and construction group, to deliver the second phase of the contract.

This will involve fitting new eco-friendly LED lantern units to all 46,000 street lighting columns in the county and replacing nearly 17,000 of the columns.

Work is expected to start in February next year in Ashington, and will then be rolled out across the county over three years.

The LED lantern units will significantly reduce light pollution, slash energy and maintenance costs and cut carbon emissions.

The council has secured funding on an ‘Invest to Save’ basis, and will repay it over 25 years from the anticipated budget savings.