Dear Highways England Company Limited,

In late 2017 into early 2018 H.E. and their contractors began works to replace the old SOX lighting on the A56 between Ramsbottom Jcn and Haslingden.

Columns on the Ramsbottom on slip and off and at the Haslingden/Rawtebstall A682 Interchange slips were replaced along with the installation of a LED Columns.

1. Please advise if this work is now shown as complete and the contractor paid?
2. Please advise which make and model of, Column, Lantern and on/off control gear was specified and used.
3. Please advise of warranty periods of the above.

I note that several of the newly installed lanterns (around 8 -10) at this location are dayburning and have been since installation, clearly this is a waste of electricity and co2, but significantly with these lanterns, being LED they have a finite life, dayburning reduces the lantern life by two thirds.

4. Is H.E. aware of these dayburning defects? please supply any "snagging list" associated with these works.
5. What action is being taken to rectify & when will the be complete?
6. What does this work involved / what is the repair process / what items are replaced?
7. Does the manufacturer of the lanterns used supply spare LED units / drivers?
8. Is this subject of warranty claim/rectification?
9. It is clear that these lanterns/this type of CMS is beset with problems, local authorities using the system have the same issue with dayburners and similar lanterns further along the A56 are similarly afflicted, why did H.E. decide to use a system controlling lamps individually rather than the previous method of group switching?
10. Several columns in the centre of the road near to the A682 were replaced at the same time in Jan / Feb however to date they have not been fitted with lanterns, why not? What is the plan for those?
11. Approx 2 years prior to the above mentioned works H.E. and their contractors completed similar lighting renewal works on the A56 between Rising Bridge and M65. A large number of these lanterns are dayburning. What plans are there to rectify these defects and do they form part of a warranty claim/will they be repaired at no cost to the taxpayer?
12. Please supply a list of the current lighting defects on the A56.

Yours faithfully,

Ian Bolton

Highways England, Highways England Company Limited

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Beaumont, Julie, Highways England Company Limited

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Dear Mr Bolton

 

I am writing to confirm that we have now completed our search for the
information about lighting on the A56, which you requested on 16 June.

 

A copy of the information is below.

 

1.      Please advise if this work is now shown as complete and the
contractor paid?

 

Not completed, the final account is yet to be agreed.

 

2.      Please advise which make and model of, Column, Lantern and on/off
control gear was specified and used.

 

The columns used are Valmont Stainton 12m main line and on the slip roads
a combination of 8m SAPA passive columns and 10m Valmont Stainton.
Lanterns are a Philips LUMA 2. The on /off control is managed by a CMS
node with a 70 lux/30 lux switching regime, with a switching differential
of 1:0.5 neg.

 

3.      Please advise of warranty periods of the above.

 

12 months from the date of agreed completion.

 

I note that several of the newly installed lanterns (around 8 -10) at this
location are day burning and have been since installation, clearly this is
a waste of electricity and co2, but significantly with these lanterns,
being LED they have a finite life, day burning reduces the lantern life by
two thirds.

 

4.      Is H.E. aware of these day burning defects? please supply any
"snagging list" associated with these works.

 

Yes Highways England are aware of this.

 

5.      What action is being taken to rectify & when will they be
complete?

 

Extensive investigation has been carried out to find the cause of the day
burning lanterns. This was recently concluded and remedial action required
agreed. Work is expected to be completed   by the 13^th July 2018.

 

6.      What does this work involved / what is the repair process / what
items are replaced?

 

To resolve the immediate issue of day burning lanterns surge protection
and a photo cell will be installed at each feeder pillar. However the
lighting will still have a CMS capability to control lighting levels.

 

7.      Does the manufacturer of the lanterns used supply spare LED units
/ drivers?

 

Yes

 

8.      Is this subject of warranty claim/rectification?

 

Yes

 

9.      It is clear that these lanterns/this type of CMS is beset with
problems, local authorities using the system have the same issue with
dayburners and similar lanterns further along the A56 are similarly
afflicted, why did H.E. decide to use a system controlling lamps
individually rather than the previous method of group switching?

 

Historically in Highways England’s North West strategic road network the
switching of the lighting on trunk roads has always been individually
controlled. Group switching is predominately for Motorway Lighting.

 

10.  Several columns in the centre of the road near to the A682 were
replaced at the same time in Jan / Feb however to date they have not been
fitted with lanterns, why not? What is the plan for those?

 

There is a separate, national, issue with the LUMA lanterns which is
waiting for resolution from Philips. The installation of the
columns/lanterns will be carried out under a Temporary Traffic Road Order
(TTRO) which has been  programmed for week commencing 9^th July 2018.

 

11.  Approx. 2 years prior to the above mentioned works H.E. and their
contractors completed similar lighting renewal works on the A56 between
Rising Bridge and M65. A large number of these lanterns are day burning.
What plans are there to rectify these defects and do they form part of a
warranty claim/will they be repaired at no cost to the taxpayer?

 

M65 Roundabout and slip roads lighting was replaced in January 2016 with
no reported issues of day burners. From Rising Bridge to Huncoats this
lighting was replaced in October 2017. There are issues with day burning
lighting which is expected to be resolved by the end of July. There is no
cost to the tax payer.

 

12.  Please supply a list of the current lighting defects on the A56.

 

Based on the last lighting performance patrol carried out in April there
were 40 unlit lanterns along the full length of the A56, which is
approximately 5%. Document A56 Lighting Defects attached.

 

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Dear Beaumont, Julie,

Many thanks for the informative and concise reply.

In order for me to interpret the data on the attached document i would be obliged if you could supply definitions to the acronyms H/S NHS and F/L used in the header to the table.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Bolton

Beaumont, Julie, Highways England Company Limited

Dear Mr Bolton

Thank you for your email of 12 July about my response to your recent Environmental Information Regulations request.

I'm sorry I omitted to provide definitions to the acronyms used in the attached table and as requested these are listed below for your information:

H/S Hard Shoulder
NHS No Hard Shoulder
F/L Fast Lane

I trust this will help you interpret the data, but should you have any further queries please let me know.

Yours sincerely

Julie Beaumont
Divisional Management Team – Operations Directorate
Highways England | Piccadilly Gate | Store Street | Manchester | M1 2WD
Tel: +44 (300) 4705127
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Dear Beaumont, Julie,

Many thanks for the clarification.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Bolton

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