Council to trial lights going off on A13

THE decision for a two year trial of the Part-Night Lighting Scheme for the A127 and areas of the A13 has been approved and will begin on 9 December 2013.

As a part of the county-wide roll-out of Part-Night Lighting, the decision will see the lights on the A13 and A127 being switched to part-night lighting between the hours of 12 midnight to 5am. The two year trial is scheduled to run until 30 November 2015.

The decision was taken by Councillor Rodney L Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation and follows a consultation in September 2013 with all parish/town councils, borough/district councils, county councillors and the emergency services. The Essex County Council Road Safety Team was also consulted prior to this decision being taken.

After the first year the trial will be reviewed. At the end of the full two years, a further review will be conducted and a decision will then be taken to switch lights on the A13 and A127 to Part-Night Lighting on a permanent basis. At both reviews the number of collisions along the A13 and A127 will be compared with previous accident data with views also sought from the emergency services.

Major junctions along the A13 and A127 will remain lit all night.

County Councillor Rodney L Bass, Cabinet Member for Highways and Transportation, said: “I am pleased that we are extending our part-night lighting scheme to these areas, which will lead to further reductions to our energy consumption and related expenditure.

“This is a two year trial and we will be looking closely following the first year if this trial is to be continued or not. We will also be consulting with the emergency services throughout the trial period who will provide feedback as to what, if any, lights are to be switched back to full-lighting.”

To facilitate the move to part-night lighting, ECC has introduced a new Central Management System (CMS) for street-lighting across Essex. This will bring a number of operational and efficiency benefits, enabling all ECC-owned streetlights to be controlled remotely from a single location. It will also provide instant notification of any streetlight failure, which will mean faults can be repaired much more quickly.

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