Early switch-off for St Albans streetlights is a risk to walkers, says commuter
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Streetlights switching off earlier than they should left a St Albans woman feeling vulnerable - and in the dark - as she walked home from work.
Tina Batchelor, 38, of Hart Road, works part-time in London and recently got into St Albans station late at night.
She decided to walk home down a usually well-lit route, but became uncomfortable when she realised the streetlights had switched off early.
She said: “I’m aware the lights turn off at midnight, and if I arrive back at the station after this time I will always get a taxi home as I feel more vulnerable walking home without streetlights.
“But because it was before this time, I felt confident to walk home along streets thinking they would be lit. However, at 11.40pm, Alexandra Road was in darkness, as was Hart Road.”
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New streetlights have been introduced across St Albans this year which are scheduled to come on at 6am and switch off at midnight.
A spokesperson for Herts County Council (HCC), said that although that was the case, sometimes they could switch off plus or minus 15 minutes.
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He also said that when the BST/GMT change approached, the part-night controllers defaulted to ‘safe mode’, which could affect the time the lights switched on.
Tina added: “I don’t think it’s really on and I was put at an increased risk walking home. I know that some people would argue I shouldn’t walk at that time of night at all, but I usually feel comfortable because the roads are so well lit.”
The spokesperson added: “Our contractors, Ringway, will investigate the lights on Alexandra Road and Hart Road to see if there any issues.”