Work to install 55,000 energy-saving LED street lights throughout Gloucestershire has started.
Skanska is carrying out a countywide upgrade on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council, which is expected to save around £17m over the next twelve years.
With the help of £5m funding from government, the council can individually manage each of the new 55,000 lights using a central management system. It means that lamps can be checked and altered remotely, saving on engineering costs.
Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood said: “There are so many benefits to using LED lighting. They’re more environmentally friendly, reducing light pollution as the lamps are directed downwards.
“They’re great for communities because they produce a brighter, clearer light that makes people feel safe at night, and of course they’ll save us a lot of money – around £17m over the next 12 years.”