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Volume 474: debated on Monday 21 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what funding the Highways Agency has allocated to research on (a) luminaire maintenance factors and (b) street lighting (i) in the last 12 months and (ii) the next 12 months. (199558)

The Highways Agency in partnership with other UK local highway authorities proposed a study in 2007-08 to investigate luminaire maintenance factors. This study is due to complete in 2008-09 for which the Agency has allocated a £13,000 contribution.

The Highways Agency allocated £393,000 in 2007-08 and £165,000 for 2008-09 to fund a range of road lighting assessment projects. These are part of the Agency’s Efficiency Strategy for Road Lighting under the Sustainable Development Action Plan. This work will significantly reduce the Agency’s carbon footprint, and capital and operational costs due to road lighting.