Many hands make lights work

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Dozens of workmen are on course to have replaced 1,000 street lights in a year in Bridlington.

The programme of work began last April and has also seen more than 400 new lamp-post installed across the town.

Cllr Andy Burton, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for planning, highways and transportation, said: “Our teams have another busy year ahead of them, but they are on schedule and will be working extremely hard to make sure the new street lamps are fitted with very little or no disruption at all to residents.”

Energy-saving lights have been fitted all around Bridlington, part of a four-year scheme, the largest ever carried out by the council.

Traditional yellow and orange lights have been changed for new white ones which give off better light and use less energy, helping to reduce the council’s carbon footprint.

Work was also carried out in Carnaby and Sewerby at the back end of 2016, and in Flamborough in 2017.

The engineers will be back in Bridlington in January, Febuary and March 2018 to replace more columns and lights.

In total, 3,000 columns have been replaced in the East Riding over the past year. It is all part of a £14million scheme by the council, which will see thousands of new lights put up and all columns more than 30 years old replaced.

It was successful in bidding for £6million of additional funding from the Department for Transport. The project is supplemented by £4million in funding from the council, while an additional £4million will be spent on an energy reduction programme.