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
In September 2019 we started work to replace the remaining inefficient street lights across the borough with efficient LED light bulbs. The project was completed in March 2022 and replaced approximately 25,000 lights and 10,000 lamp post columns.
This work will improve Wirral’s street lighting network, and dramatically reduce energy use by approximately 60%, as well as our carbon footprint by 1,300 tonnes each year. It will also result in savings due to lower maintenance costs.
Report a faulty street light
Street lighting information for organisations
Organisations such as developers and contractors can request information about street lighting in Wirral.
The cost of Christmas lights in shopping areas is a partnership between the council and local traders or their Chamber of Commerce.