24 March 2015 - In a move designed to have a positive impact on the night time economy in urban areas and benefit commuters, the hours of part night lighting (PNL) will be ‘fine-tuned’ and reduced by one hour.
The operating hours of PNL will change from 12midnight - 5am to 1am - 5am, six days a week, taking effect from Monday 30 March, coinciding with the start of British Summer Time. The change covers every day of the week apart from the early hours of Monday mornings, due to the earlier hours of closing (before midnight) and more limited commuter travel. In parts of Epping Forest, near underground stations, the hours of PNL on Mondays will be from 1am to 5am).
The changes to PNL timings will mean 33.4million hours of additional lighting across the entire Essex network.
PNL is on track to save approximately £1.4m per annum by the end of the current financial year. As a result of rolling out PNL, carbon emissions have been cut, resulting in an additional saving of £145,000 in carbon taxes to central government. The cost associated with the new regime is £300,000.
To see which lights will be switched off, please click your local area link on the left of this page.
Over 70% of the 127,000 council-owned streetlights are operating part night lighting, with certain exceptions that meet the key criteria below:
Certain locations meeting the exception criteria will continue to be lit through the night, such as:
- Sites where there are a large number of conflicting traffic movements (eg roundabouts) which are on significant routes (generally those lit by columns greater than 6m high)
- Sites where street lights are installed as a result of accident remedial measures
- Town Centre areas where there is one or more of the following features:
- Publicly maintained CCTV
- High proportion of high security premises (eg. banks, jewellers)
- Areas of high crime risk
- High concentration of people at night such as transport interchanges, nightclubs etc.
- Main approaches to town centre areas where there is a mix of development between residential and commercial/industrial (eg. not exclusively residential)
- Sites where the police can demonstrate that there is likely to be an increase in crime if the lights are switched off during part of the night (or that there will be a decrease in crime if the lights are switched back on)
- Remote footpaths and alleys linking residential streets
- Where there is a statutory requirement to provide lighting.
Lighting for road signs, traffic bollards etc., will not be affected.
For answers to some commonly asked questions about part-night street lighting, please see below. If your question is not answered here, please contact Essex County Council Customer Services department at: CS.firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Customer Services, Essex Highways, PO Box 11, County Hall, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1LX.