The borough of Wigan is embarking on a £11 million project to refit 31,000 LED street lights over the next 3 years.

Wigan has 5,500 units in place currently and expects to be making savings of £1 million annually when all the lights are fitted.

The Philips LEDs and control system is expected to cut electricity bills by 60% and will last for over 20 years.

Wigan Council Leader, Lord Peter Smith, said: “I know some councils are switching lights off to save money but I don’t think that’s something people would want in Wigan Borough. We’ve instead come up with a new scheme to replace our existing lights with LEDs which will still offer the same service the public expects but will be considerably cheaper.”

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