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Street light repairs

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

You can report a problem with a street light here:

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LED replacement programme 2017 - 18

Transport for Buckinghamshire is continuing its county-wide streetlight replacement programme for 2017 – 18 with a further 4500 old style sodium lanterns being replaced with the more environmentally friendly and longer lasting Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) lanterns.

Over the past five years more than 12,000 streetlights in Buckinghamshire have been converted to LEDs, but some lights – mostly in residential areas – are still using the old style lamps, which are recognisable for their deep orange colour.

Low pressure Sodium lamps have been widely used since the 1960s but have gone out of favour in recent years as their running costs are relatively high, compared with LED technology, and the quality of light poor.

LEDs are more environmentally friendly; they reduce light pollution, have a longer life and save money on energy bills and manpower.

Philips Lighting, the last remaining manufacturer of low pressure sodium lamps has now announced that it will discontinue the lamps and production will cease in September 2020.

Existing streetlights which are currently not working and not in the new LED programme, will be prioritised for repair using a risk based assessment.

You can report broken streetlights - old style or LED - here.

LED replacements are programmed to take place in the following areas;

Booker, Bowerdean, Buckingham, Burnham, Downley, Farnham Common, Farnham Royal, Gawcott, High Wycombe, Iver, Loudwater, Marlow, Marlow Bottom, Monks Risborough, Pitstone, Sands, Stoke Poges, Stokenchurch, Wooburn Green, Wycombe Marsh.

A full list of roads can be found here.

Column Replacement Programme 

Transport for Buckinghamshire (TfB) carries out structural testing on all street lighting columns that are in excess of 25 years old to ensure their structural and electrical safety.

TfB is currently 5 years into its 6 year countywide programme.

Structural testing is carried out using ultrasound equipment to detect damage and corrosion to the base of each column which may be affected by rain, salt and other elements that reduce the serviceable life of street lighting columns.

The results of the testing are categorised as follows:

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

Once all columns are tested, the results are assessed and an annual column replacement programme is put in place.

The 2017 – 18 testing programme was completed in January 18 and the programme to replace those that had been given a red classification which started in February will continue until May 2018.


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