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£250,000 repair of Somerset traffic lights that 'could pose risk to public safety'

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: February 19, 2013

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Nearly 100 traffic lights in Somerset, a third of the county’s stock, could cause a risk to public safety, the county council has said.

It is now investing £250,000 to repair and replace them, after accepting the safety of the public could be affected.

The average age of the stock of traffic signals – and the county’s 54,000 street lights – is increasing.

Councillor Harvey Siggs said currently all lights are safe despite being “beyond their design life”. The design life for both traffic lights and lighting columns is normally around 30 years.

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