Friday, 11 December 09 - 05:09 PM (GMT)
By Vincenzo Capozzoli in Lighting
We are pleased to announce that the Street Lighting PFI has now reached financial close. This is a huge milestone in the project, and enters the Council into a 25-year contract with Tay Valley Lighting using its subsidiary contractor Southern Electric Contracting (SEC). During the first five years of the contract 14,000 lights, signs and bollards will be replaced or upgraded. The focus for the following 20 years will be on maintaining and operating all the city’s lights to a high standard. Research shows that better street lighting helps improve road safety, as well as reducing crime and the fear of crime. All our lighting stock over 15 years old will be replaced on a like for like basis with white fluorescent light in residential areas, giving greater clarity and representation of colour and features. Carbon emissions will be reduced through the introduction of remote lighting management, with a central control room having the ability to change lighting times and levels.
Southampton will work with Southern Electric Contracting to organise the work programme, staff and equipment needed to deliver the project. A key part of the contract is communication and consultation with residents to keep them informed about work in area. We will now be working towards service commencement which will be the 1st April 2010.
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