Thursday 26 January 2023

A PIONEERING study of how our roads are lit is taking place in East Yorkshire and has won support from the Government to the tune of £3.3 million. East Riding Council will contribute a further £1.3 million to research and implement measures to decarbonise the country’s street lights and introduce the next generation of road signs, road markings, and cat’s eyes, able to reflect brighter in vehicle headlights. 

As previously reported by Beverley FM, trials are to be carried out along two of the East Riding’s busiest roads – the 31-mile stretch of the A1079 to York and the A164. The council plans to carry out studies into the way roads are lit, and then use the data it gathers to work with other councils across the country in order to drive change and create a new standard in street lighting for the future. 

East Riding Council has 40,000 streetlights and 2,300 illuminated signs and so far 75% have been converted to lower-energy LED lighting. But it still costs the council £1.84 million in electricity, and £850,000 in column maintenance, each year. 

ALMOST 2,000 homes and businesses in Beverley and the surrounding area were left without power for a considerable time yesterday. Northern Powergrid blamed the cuts, which also left some rail crossing barriers stuck in the down position, on “unexpected problems with cables and equipment” in the town.

FOLLOWING our report yesterday on the controversy surrounding the closure of the England Springs pedestrian rail crossing at Woodmansey, Beverley MP Graham Stuart has announced he’s holding a public meeting at the crossing on Saturday February 4 at 9.30am.