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Contractor appointed to replace 17,500 street lights in Poole

Borough of Poole has appointed a contractor to replace approximately 17,500 street lights throughout Poole.

VolkerHighways, one of the leading providers of street lighting and highways maintenance services in the UK, has been awarded the £9 million street lighting replacement contract following a competitive tendering process. The funding for the LED project was approved by Council in July 2014.

Over the next three years the majority of the street lights in the borough will be replaced with energy efficient LED lighting. This will involve the replacement of 8,500 lanterns on existing lamp posts between Autumn 2015 and March 2016 and a further 9,000 complete lamp posts which are over 40 years old within the next two to three years. 

At present a programme for the LED lantern replacements is not available but will be developed with VolkerHighways during the next two months. Details will be published on the council's website once a programme is finalised.

Lighting within selected Conservation Areas, including the listed lamp posts in the Old Town, will remain unaffected by the initial programme but may be considered for upgrade in future where possible.

Julian McLaughlin, Head of Transportation Services, Borough of Poole, said: “We are pleased to be able to progress this significant project, especially as two-thirds of the street lighting infrastructure in Poole is currently aged beyond its design life of 25 years. We look forward to working with VolkerHighways and are confident that they will deliver this project to the highest standards.”

Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said: “This is one of the largest investments in Poole’s infrastructure in recent years. We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and this project has the potential to save approximately 70 per cent on our street lighting energy consumption in addition to annual savings on maintenance costs." 

It is anticipated that work will start this Autumn.