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Street lights to shine with 145m

Funds of 145m have been secured to update and replace street lights across Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.

County councils from both areas made a bid to the Department for Transport for money to fix lights that are at the end of their design life.

The Cambridgeshire council said it had secured 57m and 44,000 of its street lights would be replaced or updated over the next five years.

Northamptonshire was awarded 88m to carry out the same project.

Matt Bradney, of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "These new streetlights will improve safety in communities while also being far more efficient, helping to save us money on the county's electricity bill.

"As less energy will be use to power our streetlights we will be reducing our carbon emissions and therefore doing our bit to improve our planet."

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