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Minister defends motorway lights removal

12.04.2014 From our online archive
Luxembourg Infrastructure Minister François Bausch on Tuesday defended the removal of lights along the A6 motorway, saying that the lamps needed to be taken down as their warranty had expired.

(CS) Luxembourg Infrastructure Minister François Bausch on Tuesday defended the removal of lights along the A6 motorway, saying that the lamps needed to be taken down as their warranty had expired.

The high-mast lighting currently being taken down along the A6 between the Belgian border and Strassen would have had to be taken down in any case, a statement said, since the lights had outlasted their 30 year warranty.

Some 595 lamp posts will be taken down, with a stretch of the A13 motorway also affected by the measure.

Replacing the lamps would cost the state around 750,000 euros and a decision has therefore been taken not to replace them for the time being. However, electricity cables will remain in place should this be reviewed at a later date.

Elsewhere in the country, motorway lights will be gradually replaced with newer LED technology in a bid to cut electricity costs and CO2 emissions.

Meanwhile, lights will go out between midnight and 6am along Luxembourg motorways, where junctions are more than three kilometres apart. Motorway exits and slip roads, junctions and petrol stations will continue to be lit throughout the night, however.

This will generate additional savings of around 100,000 euros per year. It has not yet been revealed when the measure will come into effect.