Street lights along the A63 Selby bypass have been switched off as part of an ongoing energy reduction programme.
North Yorkshire County Council has switched off and is to remove 208 street lighting columns from the long stretches of the bypass between roundabouts. Currently, there are 400 lights on the bypass. All roundabouts and junctions continue to be lit throughout the night.
The 208 lights were converted to part-night operation in 2011 and were already switched off between midnight and 5am. It is anticipated that removing the lights will bring an annual energy and maintenance saving of about £20,000, with an associated reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of more than 30 tonnes.
The lighting on the Selby bypass still complies with the British and European design standards and now falls in line with the rest of the A63, where street lighting is only present at roundabouts, junctions and within 30mph zones through towns and villages.
It is planned to remove the lights next year after an assessment period during which traffic speed and any night-time incidents will be monitored.
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, Executive Member for Highways, said: “When the Selby bypass was adopted by the county council it added two per cent, which is £40,000 at today’s prices, to the county council’s annual street lighting energy bill.
“This work, together with the conversion of the remaining street lights to LED, will see an overall energy reduction of 70 per cent on the bypass and much less light pollution of the countryside. It is essential that we take this type of initiative if we wish to generate ongoing savings in an ever more expensive energy market.”
The County Council has recently carried out work on the bypass. In addition to renewing the road markings, all the reflective road studs have been upgraded, ensuring that running lanes, centre lines and laybys are clearly visible and well defined.