Bright future for lights

Steady progress is being made in the schedule to upgrade and mend broken street lights around the county.

Since April this year, crews have fixed more than 1,150 broken or damaged street lights, alongside the ongoing programme to upgrade to more energy efficient LED bulbs.

Steven Broadbent, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport, said: ‘Buckinghamshire Highways crews have worked at pace throughout the spring and summer to get through as many jobs as possible before the clocks went back.

‘We have more on our list to fix and work continues to achieve this.

‘The majority of the outstanding jobs are reliant on waiting for the correct parts to be in stock, or for additional work to be undertaken by the responsible electricity company. Once available, we will complete these repairs as quickly as possible.’

The council’s programme to upgrade all lights to LED bulbs is near completion. The newer bulbs are brighter and far more energy efficient than the older style sodium bulbs, and last on average an extra six to seven years before they need replacing.

If people spot a broken streetlight, they can report it using Fix My Street.

Mr Broadbent said: ‘Reporting any problem relating to highways or footpaths using Fix My Street is by far the quickest and easiest way to let us know about an issue in your local area.

‘All reports are logged with a reference number, so you can check on progress being made. Faults are investigated by our local crews and any repairs or work needed will be programmed into the schedule.’