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Government confirms PFI funding for street lighting schemes

The government yesterday confirmed more than £430M for street lighting funding including £100M for Cambridgeshire.

The PFI funding will allow Cambridgeshire County Council to carry out improvements and maintenance to street lighting, including: Installation of 37,600 new lighting columns within the first five years; Replacement of over 4,500 illuminated traffic signs and bollards; Reduction in energy consumption and CO2 emissions; and state of the art technology for early detection of defective lighting

The project includes an initial 5 year core investment period where the main replacement of lighting stock, traffic signs and street bollards will be undertaken by the service provider with an ongoing 25 year maintenance and repair programme.

“Good street lighting is vitally important to in reducing road accidents, crime and the fear of crime,” said local and regional transport minister Norman Baker. “That is why, despite current financial constraints, we have made £100.1m available to Cambridgeshire for this important scheme.”

The announcement will allow Cambridgeshire to move to the final stages of contractual arrangements and work will begin this summer.

The Department for Transport in total confirmed more than £430M of Government funding will be made available to improve street lighting in six local authorities - Cambridgeshire (£100.1M), Oldham and Rochdale (£123.1M), Croydon and Lewisham (£151.7M) and Knowsley (£58.3M).

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