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Boris sees the light’ for all-green traffic lights

PUBLISHED: 17:04 18 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:43 05 October 2010

TRAFFIC lights across London are going green’—even when they’re red. Mayor Boris Johnson has seen the light’ and is turning traffic signals environmentally friendly with thousands of energy saving lights to be put in traffic signals

By Mike Brooke

TRAFFIC lights across London are going green’—even when they’re red.

Mayor Boris Johnson has seen the light’ and is turning traffic signals environmentally friendly.

He is spending £2.4 million on thousands of new energy saving lights to be put in traffic signals at 300 of London’s busy junctions.

THE FUTURE

“I’ve seen the future,” said Boris. “It comprises of these tip-top energy busting traffic lights.

“Installing these eco-bulbs will cut the climate change emissions coming from London’s galaxy of traffic lights by over half as well as save money from energy bills.”

His transport chiefs at City Hall are inviting manufactures to bid for the contract to install energy-busting light emitting diodes’ for 3,500 traffic lights at 300 junctions across London next year.

ENERGY-ZAPPING

Diode technology can reduce electricity consumption and the CO2 emissions that cause climate change by a massive 60 per cent.

These 300 junctions will save 600 tonnes of emissions a year and around £200,000 in energy costs.

But London has 6,000 junctions with traffic signals. Boris eventually wants them all converted “to get more of these illuminating orbs on to our streets to join other energy-zapping measures.”

The move follows diode lighting already in use at London Buses roadside ticket machines and lighting at 3,500 solar-powered bus stops and 640 shelters.

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