The Institution of Lighting Professionals’ CEO, Tracey White, has written to Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport supporting the principles of the Government’s Road to Zero strategy and highlighting the need for greater investment in highway lighting infrastructure to ensure the strategy’ successful delivery.

The Road to Zero Strategy sets out plans to enable a massive expansion of green infrastructure across the country, reducing emissions from the vehicles already on the UK’s roads, and driving the uptake of zero emission cars, vans and trucks. Measures announced include a push for charge points to be installed in newly built homes and new lighting columns to include charging points, potentially providing a massive expansion of the plug-in network.

In her letter to the Minister, White explained that the ILP had long advocated the need to ‘future proof’ UK infrastructure and therefore welcomed the strategy as an important step forward. However, White went on to comment, “We have been concerned for some time that pressure on local government budgets has led to investment in energy saving initiatives but a lack of investment in new highway lighting Infrastructure. This has created the position that despite millions of pounds of investment into highway lighting to reduce energy, the problem of an ageing lighting lamppost inventory across the UK has not been addressed.”

She continued, “Research that we have compiled from extensive structural testing programmes suggests that some 3.5% of current lampposts are at significant risk of collapse, with another 37% predicted to move into this ‘red’ category over the next few years.“

The full text of the letter can be found here: