West Sussex County Council to launch Traffic Signals Halogen Replacement Programme

A £6.5m programme of works to upgrade nine traffic signal junctions and 81 traffic signal crossings with new LED technology has been approved by West Sussex County Council.


Release date: 24 July 2023

The future supply of halogen bulbs is likely to become increasingly unreliable due to an industry wide discontinuation. To ensure the county council keeps traffic signals in a safe and working condition, it is essential that an alternative approach to halogen is adopted. This will be achieved by implementing the Traffic Signals Halogen Replacement Programme to convert halogen traffic signals to LED technology.

The process to upgrade halogen aspects to LED is not achievable by simply swapping the traffic signal heads, as often the type or condition of the rest of the equipment onsite is not compatible. Therefore, as part of the planned works, we will utilise this opportunity to undertake a comprehensive refurbishment of each site to bring them up to the latest standards.

The programme will be delivered over a 3-year period, commencing in the 2023/24 financial year, with procurement being made through the Traffic Signals Maintenance Contract and being awarded to contractors Telent Technology Services Limited.

The West Sussex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport Councillor Joy Dennis, who approved the recommendations, said:

“LED bulbs generate the same light output as halogen with considerably less energy usage and they last longer. Replacing the halogen bulbs will result in a reduction in carbon emission of 50 tonnes per year, contributing towards the county council’s carbon emission saving targets.

“The LED technology also has a longer life expectancy, which will both reduce our environmental impact and avoid disruption to road users as we currently have to replace 2,000 halogen bulbs per annum.”

The works are in line with our Council Plan aim of supporting a sustainable and prosperous economy through providing a safer, more efficient and overall resilient transport network, and also supports the underpinning theme of climate change.

Keep an eye on our website for further updates on the programme.

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