Published: Tuesday, 20th December 2022

Thousands of energy efficient lights have been installed across Medway.

The £11million street lighting replacement programme, which began in August 2020, has included the replacement of 24,000 streetlights with energy-saving LEDs.

The new LED street lighting lanterns are around 50 per cent more energy efficient, reduce light pollution, produce less glare and won’t require as much maintenance.

We are also now able to remotely monitor how well the lights are working and, if they need repairing, we can arrange for them to be repaired as soon as possible.

Our contractor, VolkerHighways, has also installed 4,413 lamppost columns and will replace 1,200 heritage style lanterns with LEDs.

Supporting our climate change ambitions

Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services, said: “We are delighted that thousands of energy efficient lights have been installed across Medway. This fantastic project supports our climate change ambitions to achieve net zero carbon across Medway by 2050. I am also pleased that the old lanterns and lamps that we have replaced have also been recycled.”

Reducing our carbon footprint

Jerry Pert, operations director for VolkerHighways, said: “We are all looking for ways to reduce costs, while continuing to play a part in reducing our carbon footprint. LEDs prove a great way to reduce both of these, and we are pleased to support Medway Council on this journey.”

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