St Albans streetlight switch-off begins

STREETLIGHTS across St Albans will be switched off from today, as the controversial part-night lighting scheme reaches the district.

Over the next six to eight weeks, the county council will begin work to convert lights so that they switch off between midnight and 6am.

Stuart Pile, the county council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, described the move as a return to the “situation that existed until the mid 1990s.”

He said: “Fortunately, as many highways authorities have already introduced similar schemes, the police and highways experts have been able to draw on the evidence from those areas which shows that – despite some people’s fears – actual safety does not decline.

“We shall, of course, review any impact in Hertfordshire and will be ready to adjust the scheme, should that be necessary.”

Anyone with concerns is advised to contact their county councillor. Feedback from them will then be used to finalise streets included in the final plan.