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A STATE of the art programme to upgrade streetlights in County Durham will see more than 68,000 lamps upgraded.
Durham County Council has said LED lights will be installed in 68,588 streetlights and 3,000 streetlights will be removed.
The project involves upgrading existing streetlights and removing those that are not required - only where it is safe to do so.
Since it was approved in December 2012 more than 20,000 streetlights have been upgraded and 322 have been removed as part of the programme.
Cabinet members have been told in a report the project is a 'major contribution' to cutting the council's carbon emissions by 40%.
Coun Brian Stephens, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods and local partnerships, said: "It is pleasing to see that the installation of new and improved LEDs is progressing well.
"We are only removing streetlights following extensive consultation where it is safe to do so and we have commissioned robust independent risk assessments. "Arecent study has shown that there is no evidence of any link between reduced street lighting and increased crime."