October 10, 2011


The Highways Agency has introduced a strategy which is thought to save 810 tonnes of CO2 a year, and they plan to do this by removing motorway lights.

Since 2009, 14 stretches of motorway across the UK has seen their lights switched off between the hours of midnight and 5am and evidence so far indicated that this has had no impact on road safety.

The latest stretch of road to lose its lights is the M1, between junctions 10 and 13. The lights are being permanently removed, but the agency ensures drivers that slip-roads and junctions will stay well lit.

There has been some debate over the plans however, Steve Garrod – DIA group manager said “Headlights are better than ever and as long as signs stay well lit there should be no problems.”

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