Nottingham-based civil and electrical engineering firm McCann has upgraded the lighting on a 19km stretch of the M62 to LED.
The £1.1m project, coordinated by Highways England’s term contractor A-one+, covers a stretch of the motorway between J22 at Saddleworth Moor, and Kirklees Viaduct to the west of Junction 25.
As part of the upgrade, 1,224 high pressure sodium lanterns were replaced with new Ampera Maxi LED lighting units and 12 street lighting feeder pillars were replaced.
A composite before and after picture of the upgrade to LED
The project also included a new central management system with remote manipulation of operational burn hours, control over the timing of dimmed lighting when there is minimal traffic, and tracking systems for fault monitoring and energy consumption.
The reporting and control mechanisms can also be operated on a light-by-light basis or across the entire network.
Managing director John McCann said: ‘Both air and light pollution are issues that continue to be addressed because the need for energy-efficient LED lighting on UK roads is becoming more important than ever before.’
He added: ‘The benefits of our work on the M62 will be seen far into the future, offering a more sustainable approach to lighting the way for road users. We are proud to be at the forefront of the shift to energy-efficient LED lighting in the UK and we will hopefully continue to roll out such projects in the years to come.’
The firm said the upgrades will generate a 53% energy saving - reducing annual energy consumption from 2,203,807 kWhrs to 1,041,658 kWhrs. This annual saving is enough to run every household in a town housing 20,000 people for a fortnight, it said.
The saving equates to £127,840 per year and over the 25 year lifespan of the LED lights, the total saving comes to nearly £3.2m. A total of 612 tonnes of carbon emissions will be saved every year.
The project was completed in a 9-week period between January and March 2017.