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July 2011 saw the start of the 25 year Street Lighting PFI partnership between Cambridgeshire County Council and Balfour Beatty.

The first five years of this partnership involves the upgrade of the County Council’s streetlights using the latest technology. This will provide essential energy savings, minimise light pollution and reduce the overall number of streetlights by approximately 10% across the County to provide a more sustainable system for the future.

For the remaining 20 years of the partnership Balfour Beatty will focus on maintaining and operating all of the county’s lights to a very high standard.

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The benefits will include:

  • Brand new, safer steel columns and an innovative, future-proofed asset
  • Savings of approximately 46% in energy usage
  • Dimming of lights in off peak periods
  • Conversion to solar powered or high reflective bollards
  • Improved performance and response times to faults
  • A greener street lighting stock, saving a huge 4.5k tonnes of carbon emissions per year