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Street Lighting

 

SEEING BEDFORD IN THE BEST LIGHT!

 

New lights have been installed on Bedford Town Bridge and The Embankment by Bedford Borough Council as part of a successful funding bid. This latest LED remote-monitored street lighting not only helps to keep residents in the town safe, it also remains in keeping with the historic importance of the area.

 

In 2015, Bedford Borough Council was awarded Department for Transport (DfT) funding after successfully completing a bid for the DfT Maintenance Challenge Fund. The monies were awarded to replace the Council’s street lighting stock with the latest LED lanterns and to replace columns that could not be restored. The borough also contributed capital money to the scheme.

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “The updated street lights offer reduced power consumption and yet are brighter than previously. So we are keeping residents safe while saving a considerable amount of energy. The end result is ideal for the location, complementing its historic, picturesque character.”

 

Bedford's Town Bridge has historically been the subject of numerous paintings and drawings. The most famous artist to have featured it was J.M.W Turner, who in 1831 painted a view of the bridge in his ‘Picturesque Views in England and Wales’.

 

Some areas within the borough have specialist lighting equipment, therefore the Council’s challenge was to match the existing equipment and replace it with new Content Management System (CMS) controlled LED lanterns. Integrated CMS gives the Council centralised control of their luminaires; this allows them to react even faster to any failures and to dim lights outside of peak hours. The Town Bridge and surrounding Embankment were a specific area of focus.

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