Motorway lights turned off to cut carbon
- 27th July 2010
Road safety campaigners have warned of a greater risk of
road accidents after a stretch of the M6 in Lancashire
became the latest motorway to have its lights turned off.
The Highways Agency says that the move has been made to save
money and carbon emissions and will help to stop light pollution
though critics argue that
are more common on unlit stretches of road.
One in five councils are turning off street lamps in the early
hours to save money and more are expected to follow suit.
Highways Agency admits that the risk of accidents will
increase but claims the risk is so small it equates to one
additional accident every 25 years.
Andy Withington, from the Agency said: “This is the seventh site
in England and we expect it to work as successfully as
everywhere else, achieving up to a 40% saving in carbon
emissions and energy use as well as giving local communities
reduced light pollution of the night sky.”