Thousands of street lights in Bury are set to be turned into energy efficient lights in the next year.

Around 3,300 lights in the borough are to be converted to LED lights between now and March 31, 2025 as part of the council’s £7m lighting improvement programme.

A total of 1,650 lighting columns have already been upgraded, with Pilsworth Road and Lowercroft Road in Bury, Kersal Vale Road in Prestwich, High Street in Tottington and Bury New Road in Whitefield the next roads to have the lighting converted.

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During the column replacement, LED lanterns are fitted to reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

The new lights are also more controllable with the ability to adjust lighting levels at times when vehicular and pedestrian traffic are at a minimum.

They also provide a whiter light source with better night-time colour recognition and less light pollution into the sky, homes and gardens.

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Cllr Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the environment, climate change and operations, said: “We’re investing in street lighting to help tackle climate change and to provide street lanterns that reduce light pollution and give brighter, more targeted lighting to roads and pavements across the borough.

“Contributing to our net zero target, the new LED lanterns are much more energy efficient and environmentally friendly, using less electricity and emitting less carbon.

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“They are also more reliable, have a much longer lifespan and require significantly less maintenance.

“By March 2025, not far off 90 per cent of the borough’s street lighting will be LED, saving thousands of pounds on maintenance and the council’s energy bills.

“This equates to 19,000 LED street lanterns fitted across the Bury borough.”