LED street light upgrade

The council is upgrading 17,000 street lights to energy-efficient LEDs over the next three years.

The project is being carried out by Peterborough Highway Services, a 10-year partnership between Peterborough City Council and Skanska for the provision of highway maintenance services.

LED street lighting is designed to direct light downwards on to the road, reducing light pollution into properties. It also produces less carbon than conventional street lighting.

The upgrade project started in October 2016 and is happening in two phases. All street lights with steel columns will have lanterns replaced with an LED version. After that any lights with concrete or cast iron columns will be removed and replaced in full.

The project is being rolled out a ward at a time across the whole city. The initial lantern upgrades took place in North, Park and Central wards, with work now moving into Ravensthorpe, West, Bretton and Werrington. Once the column replacements start they will run in the same ward order. The project will then move steadily through the remaining wards.

Technicians will be fitting digital control units, known as central management systems (CMS), within every lamp post. This enables engineers to monitor the performance of each and every light and detect and fix faults quickly.


A series of roadshows is being organised to give residents the chance to find out more about the programme and ask questions. Details of the roadshows will be added to this page throughout the coming weeks.

Contact us

If you have a question about the LED street lighting upgrade, you can use the form below to contact us.

You can use the find my ward tool if you are unsure which council ward you are in.

If your enquiry relates to a specific street light, could you include details of the address that the light is outside, or the reference number that can be found on the lamp post.