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Safer Routes to Schools
Northampton County Council are currently implementing a safer routes to school scheme (SRTS), which delivers advances to help improve safety, accessibility and encourage more children to walk or cycle to school. This is resulting in less traffic and congestion and will ultimately improve air quality in and around the school area.
Northampton County Council recognises that the involvement of the school community is vital if there is to be a real shift towards walking and cycling so they are introducing speed reduction measures, safer crossing points, new or extended lengths of footway, cycle facilities and enhanced signing and lighting in the area.
The company responsible for implementing these improvements and maintaining more than 4,000km of roads across Northamptonshire is MGWSP, a joint venture between May Gurney and WSP UK, which was formed in January 2008 as part of the Council’s sustainable transport highways services contract. The partnership combines expertise in infrastructure with engineering and management consultancy and results in the delivery of integrated local government services across the UK. MGWSP aims to significantly improve the regions highways network and stay ahead of the communities ever changing needs and high expectations.
MGWSP invited Indal WRTL Exterior Lighting to install an LED street lighting pilot scheme along a footpath adjacent to Woodvale Primary School in Goldings. Alan Knight of MGWSP designed the scheme using WRTL’s Stela LED luminaire, which provides high energy savings without the need to dim or switch off during the night resulting in safer streets and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 65% compared to traditional solutions. It is manufactured using 70% recycled aluminium and 100% recycled steel and Stela also has a 100,000 hour service life meaning there is virtually no maintenance required. Local authorities can secure significant long-term savings with this new energy-efficient street light. Compared to conventional high-pressure sodium lighting, LED street lights produce a longer-lasting whiter, brighter light.
Northamptonshire County Council is working to control carbon emissions through their Carbon Management Action Plan (CMAP), adopted in July 2005. This aims to minimise carbon emissions from all the main sources, including street lighting. The reduction forecast from actions already planned is 7.8% but requires further actions to be identified in order to achieve an overall reduction target of 25%, a target that could be achieved by replacing existing sodium street lights with LED luminaires.
Trevor Mummery of MGWSP commented: “Our track record in delivering great operational performance has built long-term relationships with our clients and suppliers such as Indal WRTL, who rely on us to support and anticipate their current needs and improve future outcomes.”
We all need to work together to meet the needs of a low carbon economy. We are committed to helping our clients and suppliers in the public and regulated sectors deliver sustainable improvements to front-line services across the UK.”
Date of release: 01 March 2010