Street light repairs

We are responsible for street lights on the public highway in Buckinghamshire.

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Column Replacement Programme

To ensure the structural and electrical integrity of our street lighting assets Transport for Buckinghamshire carry out annual structural testing programme on all street lighting columns that are in excess of 25 years old.  There is currently a 6 year plan in place to cover the entire network and we are currently in year 3.

The structural testing is carried out by a specialist supply chain partner who uses an ultrasound test to detect damage and corrosion to the base of each column which are most vulnerable due to rain, salt and other elements that reduce the serviceable life of all our street lighting columns.

Once the column is tested the results show to what degree the steel has corroded and is given one of four grades –

  • Green – The test has confirmed the column is in perfect condition & given a 6 year guarantee.
  • Low amber – The test has detected slight corrosion & will require a retest within the next 3 years.
  • High amber – The test has detected advanced stages of corrosion, the recommendation is the column is to be replaced within a capital replacement programme within the next 18 months.
  • Red – The test has shown that this column has suffered heavy corrosion and needs to be taken out of service as soon as possible. To ensure duty of care these columns are cut down immediately.

Once all columns have been tested, the results are assessed and a column replacement programme is put in place.

The testing programme is due to be completed by the end of May, the results will be assessed and programme put together by the end of July with column replacements starting late August.

The column replacement programme is expected to be completed by the end of February.

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