Green bus shelters save Derby and Yorkshire ‘thousands’ on energy

Lights in bus shelters in Yorkshire and Derby being replaced by LEDs could save the regions thousands of pounds, it was claimed this week. South Yorkshire Public Transport Executive (SYPTE) […]

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By Vicky Ellis

Lights in bus shelters in Yorkshire and Derby being replaced by LEDs could save the regions thousands of pounds, it was claimed this week.

South Yorkshire Public Transport Executive (SYPTE) and Derbyshire County Council are ditching traditional fluorescent tubes and retrofitting the shelters with LED tube lights.

Bus shelter lighting bills make up a third of the SYPTE’s total electricity costs and so it is upgrading the lights of more than 2,000 bus shelters in South Yorkshire which could save it £150,000 a year.

Derbyshire County Council’s “relamping” scheme for nearly 400 bus shelters could cut its energy costs by £120,000 within five years, according to LED EcoLights which installed the new lamps.

David Brown, director general of SYPTE said: “Reducing carbon is a target for many organisations over the next few years and we are no different. The new LED lights may individually make a small difference, but installed at thousands of bus stops throughout South Yorkshire they add up to considerable saving.”

Saima Shafi, co-founder of LED Eco Lights said there was a new “trend” towards green bus shelters as local authorities and public transport bodies realise the “potential” for saving money.