Reading Borough Council is set to replace all of its street lamps with new energy efficient LEDs at a cost of almost £7 million.
Reading, Wokingham and Slough councils put forward a joint bid to the government’s Highways Challenge Fund in February.
The £19.3m awarded by the Challenge Fund will cover 70% of the costs of the £27m costs of the lighting upgrade schemes proposed by the three councils.
Reading plans to use its share of the cash (£6,860,000) to replace the lamps on all 11,329 remaining non LED lampposts in the borough.
The lights on all 2,578 road signs and 890 illuminated bollards in Reading will also be replaced with LEDs, which use about 50% less electricity than those currently in use. 2,533 street lighting columns will also be replaced.
Tony Page, Reading Borough Council’s lead member for strategic environment, planning and transport, said: “This project will provide immediate and also lasting benefits to Reading residents by cutting energy consumption and reducing the council’s own energy bills, which helps to save the council tax-payer money.”