The siting and standard of street lighting, its hours of operation, and payment for its installation are discussed. The author considers a range of highway and traffic situations from built up areas and major arteries to lightly trafficked rural roads. Locations within this range where lighting may be desirable are classified. The lighting of motorways and main roads is considered, and that its cost might be met by night-time road users. Accident rates for daylight/darkness and junction/non-junction sites are compared. The increase in accident risk in darkness is emphasized, but it is considered unwise to illuminate rural junctions in isolation. Mention is made of high risk locations, and the environmental disadvantages of rural road lighting are discussed. The provision of lighting along central reserves of dual carriageways appears acceptable. A need is seen for lighting areas used by pedestrians. Savings in energy costs by a reduction of the lighting period is shown to be minimal. Suggestions are included for the financing of new lighting installations. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Institution of Mechanical Engineers

    1 Birdcage Walk
    London SW1H 9JJ,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Mollison, A R
  • Publication Date: 1979-4

Media Info

  • Features: Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 111-115
  • Serial:

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00310385
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 1980 12:00AM