Future is bright for one Sheffield lane

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Students and residents in Birley are benefiting from the installation of 16 extra streetlights next to Birley Community College, thanks to the Streets Ahead project.

The lane, which runs alongside Birley Community College, has never had street lights before, however there were concerns that students would have to walk along the unlit road alone in the dark.

Streets Ahead responded to the college’s concerns and have been able to install 16 extra LED street lights, as well as put new cabling along the lane as power wasn’t already in place.

Councillor Terry Fox, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said: “We are delighted that we have been able to work with the college and provide this vital extra lighting to ensure the safety of the students and residents, something local ward councillors have been working towards.

“They will be benefiting from our new LED energy efficient streetlighting that offers a clearer, whiter light. As the dark nights draw in we can be reassured that students can travel to and from college as safely as possible.”

Rob Allen, Streets Ahead’s Business Director at Amey, said: “Birley Lane has never had street lights along it before so it is great that we have been able to work collaboratively with Sheffield City Council to add this project in alongside the Streets Ahead works that we’re already carrying out across the city.

“At the beginning of the Streets Ahead project, several unlit areas were identified as requiring street lights and so these streets have been incorporated into the project.”

Steve Robinson, Head Teacher at Birley Community College, said: “We have worked closely with the Streets Ahead team to ensure that this section of Birley Lane was lit for the safety of our students, and we are delighted with the results. We would like to thank the team for the work they have done in making the area outside the college safer for all.”

The new street lights have been installed in advance of Streets Ahead works starting in the area; however all of Sheffield’s existing street lights will be upgraded to LED technology before the end of 2017 as part of the city-wide Streets Ahead project.