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27 January 2010
Highways Agency Carbon Saving Scheme to be Extended
lighting along three carefully-selected sections of motorway in the
North West, West Midlands and East Midlands will be switched off
between midnight and 5am in a move to reduce carbon emissions and
light pollution, the Highways Agency has announced.
Lighting at the following three locations will be switched off each
night from midnight until 5am starting at 00:01hrs on 2 February
2011. The motorway junctions and their approaches will remain lit.
► North West:- The M6 in Lancashire, junctions 26 to 27
(approximately 1.2 miles)
► West Midlands:- The M5 to the west of Birmingham between Junctions
2 and 4 (8 miles)
► East Midlands:- The M1 between Junction 16 and Watford Gap
Services (6 miles)
These stretches of the motorway have a good safety record between
midnight and 5am and, after careful assessment, have been chosen as
the latest sites for the Highways Agency’s national programme.
Staff in the Highways Agency’s Regional Control Centres have the
ability to override the switch-off mechanism, and will consider
leaving the lights on should severe weather be forecast on these
parts of the strategic road network overnight.
Targeted switch-offs have been successfully delivered in other parts
of the country over the last two years including stretches of the
motorway network in Kent, Berkshire, Hampshire, Devon, Avon and
Somerset and on an adjoining site on the M6 in Lancashire.
Bob Castleman, Divisional Director for the Highways Agency, said:-
"We are continually looking for ways to reduce the carbon
footprint of operating the motorway network and this is another step
in that direction, bringing the total number of sites on England’s
motorway network to ten. We expect these sites to work as
successfully as everywhere else – achieving up to a 40% saving in
carbon emissions and energy use as well as giving local communities
reduced light pollution of the night sky. The latest sites have been
carefully chosen because of their good safety record between
midnight and 5am. In fact, using current standards there would be no
case for installing new lighting at these sites based on the
overnight traffic flow figures alone.”
The Highways Agency has contacted emergency services to ensure they
are aware of the switch-off.
Police launched a murder investigation following the shooting of a
25 year old man, Joseph Cummins from Fazakerley, on Thursday, 20
January 2011. Officers were Travelling down Longmoor Lane,
Fazakerley just before 9pm, when they came across the injured man.
The Ambulance Service took the man to hospital and a short time
later he was pronounced dead. Forensic examination is on-going in
the Longmoor Lane area, between Lower Lane and Copplehouse Lane.
Enquiries are on-going and patrols have been stepped up. Officers
would urge anyone who witnessed this incident or who has any
information about it to contact:- 0151 777 8603 or Crimestoppers
anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
POLICE COMES FIRST FOR DEALING WITH CRIME THAT MATTERS MOST TO
Police, in partnership with local authorities, has come first
nationally for dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour that
matters most to the public, according to the latest official British
Crime Survey and Home Office statistics released on Thursday, 20
January 2011. The Force, along with its partners, has driven
down crime by over 10 per cent compared to a national fall of 7%,
meaning there were 12,000 fewer victims of crime in Merseyside in
the latest 12 month period. Violent offences like assault and
robbery have also fallen substantially, as have acquisitive crimes
like burglary and car crime, while more people in Merseyside agree
that the police are dealing with local concerns. Moreover fewer
people now believe ASB, drug use or drug dealing, and drunken, rowdy
behaviour are at high-levels in their communities, than they did in
the last 12 month period. The findings come from the Home Office's
national crime statistics and the British Crime Survey results.
Assistant Chief Constable, Helen King, said:- "Once again I am
pleased to say that overall crime continues to fall on Merseyside
and that is testament to the dedication and professionalism of our
officers and staff, and the work we do with our partners and
communities. By driving down crime by 10 per cent it means there
have been 12,000 fewer people who have become the victim of a crime
- a significant success. Crimes such as assault, robbery, burglary
and car theft, which all have a damaging effect on the victim, have
all been reduced by at least 11 per cent or more. The communities
that we represent and work for have recognised these successes by
agreeing that ourselves and the council are dealing with the local
issues and concerns that matter to them. As well as our communities
suffering less crime, people are confident in what we are doing to
ensure our town and city centres remain safe places to visit. The
British Crime Survey shows that we are leading the way in our group
of Most Similar Forces in changing the way people feel about
drunken, rowdy or anti-social behaviour and that is credit to the
way we work with local authorities and businesses to police our
night-time economy areas. Of course, we cannot and will not rest on
our laurels and, as with any large metropolitan force area, there
remains areas where we will keep striving to improve so that we can
better serve the people of Merseyside. By continuing to work with
our partners and our local communities, and by taking robust action
against criminals, we continue to be completely committed to
preventing crime, bringing offenders to justice, supporting victims
and protecting communities across Merseyside."
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