Page last updated at 17:12 GMT, Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Low energy traffic lights put in

New energy efficient traffic lights are being trialled in Derby.

It is claimed the LED lights will use 70% less energy, a lower voltage will make them safer in accidents and that they will manage traffic flow better.

The city council pays about 80,000 a year to power traffic lights and the first set to be installed should save 700 per year.

The lights are going in at the junction of Mansfield Road and the Meteor Centre and will go live in March.

Tony Gasgoine, who manages traffic and transportation projects for the council, said: "These have a 20, maybe 25, year lifespan and the savings will add up.

"We are struggling with rising energy costs so this helps with that and also cuts down on our carbon emissions."

He added: "At the same time we are replacing the lights we are putting in extra detection, which is a little bit cleverer than the current detection, and it will know if there is more traffic coming from a particular direction and will change the lights accordingly, so there should be less queues."

Print Sponsor

Council faces 1m power bill rise
24 Jun 08 |  Derbyshire
City to switch off lights again
17 Mar 08 |  Derbyshire

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Retford Guardian SNOW WATCH: Schools closed/Roads chaos/Your photos - UPDATE 16.44 03/02 - 37 hrs ago
Derby Evening Telegraph University of Derby staff ditch their cars to help save the planet - 44 hrs ago
Guardian Unlimited Nigel Willmott: Why I am an Oyster card refusenik - 45 hrs ago

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific