Milton Keynes has 56,000 street lights and 2,500 Illuminated signs and bollards
Milton Keynes 'new town' was constructed within a relatively short period of time (1969 to 1994), this included the installation of the bulk of the current street lights (circa. 40,000 units) to the standards and utilising the technology available at the time. This includes 10,500 street lights installed on our redway (cycleway) networks and 3,500 lights installed across 323 underpass structures that link our grid square estates in the Milton Keynes designated area.
Within the older towns incorporated in the borough of Milton Keynes such as Stony Stratford, Bletchley, Newport Pagnell, New Bradwell, Wolverton the street lighting was installed during the 1950s-1960s with periodic improvements in the intervening years as technologies progressed.
Many of the street lighting installations are beyond their design life (usually 40 years) and as a result we are seeing structural failures becoming more common, this in conjunction with the fact that the older lanterns are becoming obsolete has driven the need to undertake an investment to upgrade to new LED technology to future proof and maintain the asset.
The detailed approach to managing our street lighting is outlined in our Asset Management approach and in further detail in the street lighting lifecycle plan.