Street lights

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Who maintains Surrey's street lights?

The majority of street and sign lights (over 90,000) are maintained by us. Others are owned and maintained by borough or district councils. For example council car parks or recreation areas, as well as some council or trust owned housing areas.

LED street lighting

We are converting our existing lights to LED bulbs. Further details are available on the LED street lighting page.

Part-night street lighting

Lights in selected roads are switched off between 1am and 5am.

The street light remains on if one or more of the following applies. The street light is:

  • on a main road.
  • in the town centre where there are lots of businesses open late/people around.
  • near a speed hump, chicane, zebra crossings, pedestrian traffic lights and roundabouts.
  • on a road where CCTV is in place to reduce crime.
  • on a road where the council's road safety team or the police believe it is needed.

Where buses or trains run after midnight, lights may remain on until a later time or left on all night. In the case of railway stations, our intention is that the lights from the station to the main roads only remain on. We will not leave all the lights on to allow for all possible journeys that might be made on foot or by car from the station to another destination.

We made the decision to implement part-night lighting across Surrey in 2016. More information can be found in the part-night street lighting report.

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