ENERGY-saving lights will be installed along Wessington Way from this weekend as part of a sustainable scheme set to slash energy consumption in half.
Sunderland City Council claims the scheme will cut more than £11,000 per year from its energy bill and will, in effect, pay for itself in five years.
Once finished, 200 of the high-wattage orange sodium lanterns, will have been replaced with white LED lights, which only use half the energy.
Councillor James Blackburn, portfolio holder for city services, said: “Road safety in Sunderland is always a key consideration. Despite the challenges of the imposed budget reductions, we continue to explore new and cost-effective ways of delivering high- quality services to the residents of Sunderland.
“As well as the financial benefits this scheme will deliver, we also consider the environmental impact of such work.
“The use of LED technology will also benefit the environment by reducing the city’s carbon emissions by nearly 50 tonnes per year.”
Sunderland City Council has been awarded SALIX funding for the project which will be undertaken by the council’s street lighting partner, Aurora Sunderland Street Lighting. Drivers are asked to take care while driving along the stretch of the A1231 at night as work takes place between 7pm and 6am for two weeks, starting tomorrow.