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Road Lighting

Volume 885: debated on Monday 3 February 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for the Environment if he is yet in a position to make a statement on the existing level of road lighting; and if he will take into account, in the context of road safety, the possibility of achieving fuel savings without loss of illumination by using more efficient systems.

The most efficient lighting systems available at design stage are used for roads for which the Secretary of State is responsible, taking account where necessary of individual needs. Schemes are modernised as the need for renewal occurs.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment, in view of the energy savings achievable at no loss of efficiency by changing from tungsten and mercury light sources to sodium lamps, if he will consider ways of encouraging local authorities to make the capital investment needed to achieve these.

I am confident that local authorities are well aware of the savings that can be achieved by installing more efficient lighting sources. The ability of local authorities to modernise lighting systems is to some extent dependent on their available resources, and it is their responsibility to determine their financial priorities.

asked the Secretary of State for the Environment what representations have been made to him concerning the need to reduce the level of street lighting, both in urban areas and on motorways; and whether he will now make a statement.

Some representations have been made to reduce the level of street lighting and others to maintain it. My right hon. Friend has the matter under review.