New streetlights in Coulsdon West
23/09/2014 18:18:00......Posted by Mario Creatura
Very shortly Skanska plan to commence the installation of new street lighting and the removal of the old columns in the roads listed below as part of the scheme to replace and upgrade the street lighting in the Borough.
The street lighting replacement project is a five year core investment programme which commenced in August 2011 under the last Conservative administration.
Within the next five weeks work will be started in:
- Barrie Close
- Smitham Bottom Lane
- Woodlands Grove
- The Drive
- Whitethorne Avenue
- Woodstock Road
- Parkside Gardens
- Ruxton Close
- Nutfield Road
- Copse Hill
- Coniston Road
- Southwood Avenue
- Little Woodcote Lane
- Petworth Close
- South Drive
- Windermere Road
- Vincent Road
- Woodcote Grove Road
- Portnalls Rise
- Portnalls Close
The key benefits of the scheme are to:
- Improve the quality of the lighting.
- Improve road safety.
- Reduce crime
- Improve energy efficiency.
- Make sure all lighting columns are safe.
- Improve the speed and effectiveness of maintenance and repair.
In many circumstances the roads undergo a complete re-design and therefore the positions of the columns must be changed. It is not always possible to integrate the existing column positions in the new design layout.
One of the major factors in the replacement programme is to reduce energy consumption, and this can be achieved by utilising the latest technology to increase the spacing between each street light whilst maintaining the required lighting levels.
The new lights are linked to a central management system which controls their operation and provides alerts to any faults that may occur, this allows us to maintain the street lighting much more efficiently. As part of the installation process the lanterns on the new lighting column may remain in light for a period of time whilst the system synchronises to add the lighting unit to the network.
The new design parameters agreed by the council indicates that where possible we are to light the footpaths in addition to the highway. This means that the majority of the lighting columns where possible will be positioned at the back of the footpath, however there are exceptions to this and each design is tailored specifically for each individual street.
A minimum clearance of 1.2 metres will be maintained wherever possible on all schemes between the column and the rear of footpath or the column to the kerb. This ensures that there is adequate spacing for wheelchair users, pushchairs and other pedestrian traffic.
Please be aware that the new street lighting columns may be positioned in the street several weeks prior to being connected to the electricity network by UK Power Networks, however, the old street lighting will not be removed until the new lighting is illuminated.
If you have any questions regarding the new street lighting then please contact me or Marc Zahra from Skanska: firstname.lastname@example.org.