THE WEST Yorkshire town of Bradford is to replace over 59,000 street lights and 17,000 lampposts in an ambitious project which will feature a central management system.
The project will reduce Bradford City Council’s street lighting power consumption by 65 per cent and its carbon emissions by over 6,000 tonnes per year, helping it to meet its climate change targets and saving taxpayers an estimated £189 million over 50 years.
The council says the ability to support a wide range of emerging IoT technologies will potentially assist it in making further cost savings in other areas in the future.
The £2 million project, awarded to Costain, will take a period of four years.
Possible additional IoT capabilities include the measurement of road temperatures, air pollution, road gully condition and river levels to even more effectively target maintenance and capital programmes.
‘Bradford’s Smart Street Lighting programme represents a major investment in one of the biggest assets of the Council – our 59,000 street lighting columns,’ Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, executive member for regeneration, planning and transport, told Lux.
‘The ability to ensure effective delivery of the contract was paramount in Bradford’s approach to seeking a delivery partner with the skills, knowledge and ability to drive both the financial savings and the associated positive contribution to our CO2 emissions which are key outputs over the next five years.
‘The appointment of Costain to the strategic delivery partner role has given Bradford the confidence that we have the right people helping us achieve these outcomes based on our experience of their involvement in our programmes of transport investment in the district.’
The project is part of the Transforming Cities Fund, which seeks to improve productivity and prosperity through sustainable transport development, as well as other road, rail and multi-modal programmes.
It plays a part in the UK’s transition to a net zero carbon economy, made as part of its Climate Change Action plan launched in February 2020, and is another step in fulfilling its ambition to lead UK infrastructure into a zero carbon future by 2035 at the latest, supporting the UK Government in meeting their 2050 target.
Sue Kershaw, Transportation managing director, Costain, said: ‘In these unprecedented times, where Covid-19 has brought much of the economy to a standstill, local authorities are under huge pressure to continue delivery of critical programmes of work for their communities.
‘Our relationship with Bradford Council, which focuses on partnership and outcomes, has allowed us to reach back into our organisation to deliver additional capacity, capability, resilience and flexibility in a range of areas to support our client and keep the transport infrastructure services working.’