The council is considering turning off some street lights from midnight to 5.00am. This would start from autumn 2016.
The vast majority of the county’s 89,000 street lights are already dimmed by up to 50% from 10.00pm to 5.30am each night. Switching some lights off for some of the night would deliver significant reductions in CO2 emissions and save money through reduced energy bills and lower carbon tax payments. Whilst lighting the roads during the evening and into the beginning of night time is essential while many vehicles and pedestrians are travelling, in some locations, such as residential areas, the lights are on all night whether they are needed or not.
Why We Are Consulting
We want to know if you support this proposal and we want to hear your views.
Many councils across the country have already implemented similar successful schemes and are saving large sums of money and reduced CO2 emissions. We have prepared answers to some of the questions from the residents of other counties from the street lighting webpage – www.surreycc.gov.uk/streetlights
A study published in 2015 by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) found no link between street lights being dimmed or switched off and any increase in road accidents or crime.
To keep our roads safe we propose to keep the lights on in roads where:-
There is more traffic
There are traffic calming measures (speed cushions or humps, chicanes etc) or formal pedestrian crossings such as zebra crossings are present and they require lighting
The council’s Road Safety Team or Surrey Police think that less night lighting would cause more crime or more accidents.