The author discusses the consequences of attempting to reduce council expenditure by reducing public lighting. The increased accident rate during the winter of 1973-1974 when 50 per cent of lighting was switched off has made most public authorities realise that public lighting is one of their most important public amenities. Methods of saving costs employed by some councils are discussed; these include longer lamp replacement and painting cycles and the replacement of tungsten lamps with low-pressure sodium. The relationship between after-dark road accidents and street lighting is examined. Evidence from the report by the Greater London Council and casualty figures by the Department of the Environment are given. The author suggests that it is irresponsible for a local council to switch off lighting causing extra crime and accidents. It is significant that the government has not included public lighting in its energy conservation measures. The London borough of bromley restored normal lighting after observing an increase of accidents following a reduction in street lighting.

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    Printerhall Limited

    29 Newmart Street
    London W1P 3PE,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Austin, B R
  • Publication Date: 1976-6


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00147939
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ANALYTIC
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 11 1977 12:00AM