Lighting up the future with new LED lampposts in Sheffield

A life-sized set of what improvements will be made to Sheffield under the Streets Ahead contract. From left,Steve Robinson, Chief Insp. Iain Chorlton and Mike Notman
A life-sized set of what improvements will be made to Sheffield under the Streets Ahead contract. From left,Steve Robinson, Chief Insp. Iain Chorlton and Mike Notman
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SMOOTH roads and pavements are just the start of improvements Sheffield residents will see in their neighbourhoods over the next five years, officials have said.

Bosses from Sheffield Council and contractor Amey say they aim to transform roads through the £2 billion Streets Ahead programme.

A life-sized set of what improvements will be made to Sheffield under the Streets Ahead contract. A new LED glowing overhead

A life-sized set of what improvements will be made to Sheffield under the Streets Ahead contract. A new LED glowing overhead

As well as five years of improvement works, the contract commits Amey to maintaining the city’s roads in top condition for the following 20 years.

Work on the project has already started in Shiregreen and is to take place around Ewden and Carbrook over the coming months. It will then continue on an area-by-area basis, to be completed in 2017.

One of the main additional improvements is the installation of 58,000 LED light columns - 11 per cent fewer lampposts than at present - but Amey says fewer are needed due to the brighter light they emit.

Mike Notman, of Amey, said: “The lampposts will be locally-manufactured and have a 50-year lifespan.

“The lamps themselves will each have between 10 and 52 individual LED lights, which use 60 per cent less energy than current bulbs and give a clearer, crisper light.

“They can also be turned down late at night to save energy, and we are expecting far fewer complaints about lights not working because the LEDs will last 25 years.”

Bonuses of the new lights include an end to the orange glow from the city at night - visible for miles into the Peak District - because all the light from the new columns will be directed downwards.

Meanwhile, the £3 million annual electricity bill for street lights is set to be cut to £1.2 million, with the savings providing more money for other improvements as part of the Streets Ahead contract.