Let there be…darkness

There must be any number of better and more effective ways of reducing light pollution and certainly thousands of far safer ways for the bloated councils to save money.

Motorway lights are switched off at midnight… to cut pollution

The Highways Agency, the managers of England’s motorway network, says it has picked areas with low levels of overnight traffic and good safety records. However they admit there could be a slight increase in accident rates as a result, and there are fears that more roads will see black-outs as councils across the country try to save money.

Turning off the lights will, apparently, only fractionally reduce the annual electricity bill of the Highways Agency itself and, in fact, will cost them more in the short term as new equipment will have to be installed to enable the lights to be controlled from a regional command post.

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