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Major upgrade to LED lighting for Portadown town centre with work to start next week

The new lights will help 'improve the night time environment' and extend from Bridge Street up to Hanover Street and includes William Street, Thomas Street, Edward Street, Mandeville Street, West Street and Woodhouse Street

Portadown Town Centre

LED lighting is to be upgraded in Portadown town centre.

And work on the £180,000 scheme is to start on Monday, Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has confirmed.

The scheme will involve the replacement of existing lights with a new LED street lighting system.

The new LED lighting system will retain the architectural style and appearance of the original lanterns and will improve the night time environment, through improved quality and uniformity of lighting.

The scheme will extend from Bridge Street up to Hanover Street and includes William Street, Thomas Street, Edward Street, Mandeville Street, West Street and Woodhouse Street.

Minister Mallon said: “This significant investment will benefit everyone who travels and works in the area. I am committed to addressing the issues which matter most to people and street lighting services are crucial in ensuring those driving, cycling, wheeling and walking can do so safely within their communities.

“This investment provides new LED lighting technology in Portadown Town Centre. It is important that adequate street lighting not only improves the quality of lighting but is also more energy efficient, given my commitment to climate action.

“I would like to thank the public and local residents in advance for their cooperation and ask that they comply with all temporary traffic restrictions while these much needed works are completed.”

The Department says it has carefully programmed the work operations and traffic management in order to minimise inconvenience to the public. All work involving lane closures will be carried out during off peak times Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 4.30pm, and road users should be aware that some delays may be expected and that additional time should be allowed when planning any journeys.

A DofI spokesperson said: “In order to help ensure the safety of road users and road workers the public is asked to comply with all temporary traffic restrictions and to take extra care when travelling in the vicinity of the works.

“Subject to weather conditions, the scheme is expected to be completed by the end of November 2021. All work will be carried out in line with current public health and safety advice with safe systems of working in place for staff and contractors.”

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