THE ROLE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT IN THE FIELD OF STREET LIGHTING

An account is given of events leading up to the department of the environment's entry into the field of direct grant aid for street lighting. Under this scheme, highway authorities became eligible for grant at the rate of 75 per cent of the cost of providing and installing road lighting on principal roads, but confined to areas of potential accident reduction. Brief mention is made of transport and Road Research Laboratory information that showed that A reasonable system of street lighting had the effect of reducing night-time accidents by about 30 per cent. The choice of design standards (mounting heights, column spacing, light output, etc.) is discussed in terms of needs of traffic and characteristics of the road, and details of d.o.e., requirements for lanterns, light sources, columns, control equipment etc., to be employed on grant aided systems, are given. Figures of expenditure committed on trunk road lighting schemes, and of grants issued to highway authorities to assist them in undertaking principal road lighting schemes, are quoted (all figures applying to the old south-west region of cornwall, devon, somerset and dorset). Finally, the author expresses his views on changing responsibilities for street lighting as a result of re-organisation of local government. /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Association of Public Lighting Engineers

    78 Buckingham Gate, Westminster
    London SW1E 6PF,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Heard, S J
  • Publication Date: 1974-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 107-110
  • Serial:
    • Public Lighting
    • Volume: 39
    • Issue Number: 165
    • Publisher: Association of Public Lighting Engineers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00096355
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 18 1975 12:00AM