Switching bus shelter lights to save £150k

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Transport chiefs have completed a new scheme to replace bus shelter lights with efficient LED lights in a bid to save energy.

The move, which has seen lights replaced in over 2,000 shelters, will save around £150,000 a year, according to officials.

Bus shelter lighting bills make up a third of South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive’s electricity costs and new lights will slash bus shelter energy consumption by an estimated 61 per cent.

LED lighting has a much longer lifespan, is brighter and more reliable than regular fluorescent lighting and because of this the new lights will also reduce maintenance budget costs.

David Brown, SYPTE director general, said: “Reducing carbon is a key target for many organisations over the next few years and we are no different.

“These new LED lights may individually make a small difference, but installed at thousands of bus stops they add up to a considerable saving.”