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Light response

In response to K Bowman's letter (NCE 3 July), I would like to point out that the responsibility for street lighting on all purpose trunk roads and motorways rests with Highways Agency.

It is essential for us to consider and balance the safety of road users and road workers, sustainability and cost when deciding our maintenance priorities. While a night time fault may increase risk and is therefore a relatively high priority, this is not usually the case for lights that fail to switch off in daylight and these are a lower priority.

The increased safety risks, carbon footprint and costs associated with installing safe traffic management on our high speed network to repair "daytime burners" all significantly outweigh the sustainability and reputational risks of leaving the low energy lights burning until we have other more urgent safety or maintenance work to carry out at the same time.

Brian Barton (M), technical manager, Highways Agency, Federated House, London Road, Dorking, RH4 1SZ

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