Green lighting across Milton Keynes

News PNL-150122-170602001
News PNL-150122-170602001

A rolling eco-plan could make the city ‘Milton Greens’ - as new lights continue to slash hundreds of tonnes from the city’s carbon footprint.

For the past 10 months Milton Keynes Council has been replacing thousands of lights on grid roads, Redways and industrial estates with more efficient LED lights.

This year’s programme is expected to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by 245 tonnes or 460,000Kwh of energy - the equivalent of 84 three-bedroom houses.

Councillor Mick Legg, the cabinet member responsible for public realm at MK Council, said: “This is an ambitious programme but an achievable one. Milton Keynes already has impeccable green credentials and the replacement of thousands of light bulbs with their cleaner, greener and less expensive counterparts will play a key role.

“Areas such as underpasses will now enjoy better levels of light, providing more security for local residents.”

John Wolstencroft, ringway schemes manager, added: “The continued working relationship with our internal delivery teams and our client is enabling these works to be completed within time to deliver savings and enhance the environment.”

The full programme:

• Redways - 600 lights replaced last year, 700 more to be replaced by the end of March 2015, reducing energy consumption by 50 per cent;

• Grid roads - 850 street lights being replaced on the V4, V7 and V7 being replaced by the end of March 2015;

• Roundabouts - 21 have had new energy-efficient low-maintenance lamps installed;

• Industrial estates - 350 lights being replaced;

• 300 lamp columns being replaced.