Galway City Council has begun works for the provision of low –level, interactive, smart lighting, along walkways located at South Park and Blackrock walkway. The proposed lighting will consist of environmentally-sensitive 1.5m high lighting bollards, and will support active travel during darker evenings, by providing a safer path. These works are funded through the July 2020 Stimulus – Active Measures Programme, through the National Transport Authority, and are due for completion at the end of January 2021.
The Claddagh Salthill public lighting works will link into the planned upgrade of the existing decorative lanterns along the Salthill Promenade. These upgrade works will also consist of fully smart interactive lights, and will reduce energy usage by 60% compared to existing lanterns.
Speaking about the project, Uinsinn Finn, Senior Engineer, commented, “Public lighting accounts for 50% of local authority energy use, with 9,260 public lights in Galway City alone. As of September 2020, 3,469 public lights have been upgraded to LED energy-efficiency lamps. In spite of the impact of Covid, 1,900 lamps were upgraded in 2020 alone, with energy savings of over €110,000 per annum. The Claddagh-Salthill public lighting project will extend the hours people can use the Promenade for fresh air and exercise, which is particularly salient in current times.”
Works have now commenced on this project, with the completion scheduled for the end of January 2021.
Sample of Proposed New Lighting along Blackrock Walkway
Proposed new Energy efficient Lanterns on Salthill Prom