Published: Monday, 12th July 2021

Thousands of energy efficient lights are currently being installed across Medway as part of an £11million street lighting replacement programme.

The works, which began in August last year, will see 24,000 streetlights replaced with energy saving LEDs.

Once completed, the new lighting will be approximately 50 per cent more energy efficient, reduce light pollution, produce less glare and won’t require as much maintenance.

The council will also be able to remotely monitor how well the lights are working and, if they need repairing, react immediately.

So far, 2,445 new lamppost columns and more than 5,300 new streetlights have been installed by Medway Council’s contractor, VolkerHighways.

The works are expected to be completed in summer 2022.

Exciting project 

Cllr Phil Filmer, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Frontline Services, said: “I am pleased that work is continuing to install thousands of energy efficient lights across Medway. This exciting project is a key part of our recently approved Climate Change Action Plan and will help reduce carbon emissions across Medway as the new lights consume less energy and will produce less light pollution. I look forward to watching the works progress further.”

Providing multiple benefits for residents

David Easton, operations director for VolkerHighways, said: “I am delighted with the progress we have made so far, on this important project. The team are working hard to install the new LED street lights which, combined with the Central Management System, will provide a multitude of benefits for both the council and the residents of Medway.”

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