Hi-tech streetlights to be installed in Keighley and Ilkley

Hi-tech streetlights to be installed in Keighley and Ilkley

Published by Harry Long at 6:45am 30th May 2020.

Hi-tech streetlights that can read air pollution and road temperatures are going to be installed in Keighley and Ilkley over the coming year.  

  • Bradford Council is installing high-tech streetlights in Keighley and Ilkley.
  • They will be able to read air pollution and road temperatures and will reduce energy use.  
  • It's part of a £45 million streetlight replacement programme by the council.  

It's part of a £45 million streetlight replacement programme by Bradford Council.  

The new lights will drastically reduce energy consumption and save taxpayers in the Bradford district millions of pounds over the next few decades.  

The programme will see 59,000 lights and 17,000 lamp posts replaced across the district over the coming year.

The project will reduce the Council’s street lighting power consumption by 65 per cent and its carbon emissions by over 6,000 tonnes per year.

Street lighting on a dark street in North Yorkshire

The Council appointed engineering company Costain as its strategic delivery partner as part of a £2m contract.

Across the country, Councils are upgrading to LED lighting as traditional street lights become redundant. Many of the companies that produce bulbs for old-style street lights have stopped production in recent years.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, said:

“Bradford’s Smart Street Lighting programme represents a major investment in one of the biggest assets of the Council – our 59,000 street lighting columns."

Sue Kershaw, Transportation managing director of Costain, said:

“In these unprecedented times, where Covid-19 has brought much of the economy to a standstill, local authorities are under huge pressure to continue delivery of critical programmes of work for their communities.

Our relationship with Bradford Council, which focuses on partnership and outcomes, has allowed us to reach back into our organisation to deliver additional capacity, capability, resilience and flexibility in a range of areas to support our client and keep the transport infrastructure services working.”

Last January the Council declared a climate emergency and is committed to being part of a carbon-neutral city region by 2038.

It announced in January 2020 that it is investing an extra £1m revenue funding over the next year as part of £25m of new investments to tackle climate change across the district.