MORE than 150,000 street lights, illuminated signs and bollards have been replaced or upgraded across Hampshire in the biggest private finance initiative in the country.
The project, being undertaken by SSE, has taken five years and the installation part is now complete, on time.
The contract was the biggest street lighting project in the country, costing £225m, signed in 2009 between Hampshire County Council, West Sussex County Council and Southampton City Council.
All lighting stock that needed replacing across Hampshire has been done on a like for like basis with white fluorescent light, in the majority of residential areas.
The scheme aims to save energy, using more energy efficient lamps, reduced burning hours and dimming lights to reduce carbon emissions.
Executive member for environment Sean Woodward, said: ‘This has been a massive undertaking and I am delighted that it has been completed on time.
‘The installation of the latest technology will give us greater flexibility in how we manage street lights, giving improved visibility in areas that need it and the ability to dim lighting in areas that don’t, having a positive effect on the amount we spend on carbon tax.’