Motorway lights turned off

Article Claire Holden
Nov 22, 2012

In a bid to reduce carbon emissions, the government has turned off more than 121 miles of motorway lights across the country.

In a bid to reduce carbon emissions, the government has turned off more than 121 miles of motorway lights across the country.

The lights have been gradually turned off over the past three years as the Highways Agency claimed the move would lower carbon dioxide emissions, the greenhouse gas responsible for global warming. 

Lights along large stretches of motorway have been either dimmed or completely switched off, leaving driver's view's reliant on cat's eyes and the power of their headlights.

The Highways Agency says that it completed safety assessments of the locations of the switch-offs, and that safety has not been compromised. However, the AA says that some of the affected stretches of motorway are particularly prone to fog.

A spokesperson from the AA said: “It smacks of penny pinching more than saving the planet. Given the amount of tax motorists are paying, they deserve a better deal.” 

The switch-off comes as local councils across the country are switching off streetlights of local roads to save money on energy bills.

The 59 miles of motorway lighting permanently switched off includes: the M58 between junctions 4 and 6, near Skelmersdale in Lancashire; the M65 between junctions 10 and 13, near Milton Keynes; the M1 between junction 13 and its Northamptonshire border; and the M6 between junctions 15 and 16, near Stoke-on-Trent.

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