We maintain around 35,000 street lights and 5,000 illuminated signs and traffic bollards along 737 miles of road. We do not have the resources to quickly fix every fault, so we have to focus on the faults that create the greatest risk.

Inspections and maintenance

We carry out daytime and night-time inspections to identify streetlights which are damaged or not working.

Around 80% of problems are fixed at the first visit, but some faults may need extra work. Sometimes there are underground cable faults that may require work from Scottish Power.  These can take longer than normal to repair.

Our LED street light replacement programme will replace many of the faulty lights, but this may not be completed until autumn of 2021. Throughout the summer we have been doing extra work to fix some of the faulty lights that were causing the greatest risk.

Street light replacement programme

We have already replaced almost 9,000 street lights in Wirral with new LED light bulbs.

In September 2019 we started work to replace the remaining 26,000 inefficient street lights across the borough with efficient LED light bulbs.

Wirral Council has also carried out a survey of all of its lamp posts. Over the next two years we will be replacing approximately 9,200 lamp post columns.

This work will improve Wirral’s street lighting network, and dramatically reduce energy use, as well as our carbon footprint. It will also result in savings due to lower maintenance costs.

Our aim is to have approximately 26,000 lights and around 9,200 lighting columns replaced by autumn 2021.

Find out more about street lights

Report a faulty street light

You will need to know the closest property number.

Report a faulty street light

Request specialist information

Christmas lights

The cost of Christmas lights in shopping areas is a partnership between the council and local traders or their Chamber of Commerce.