Street lighting in Southampton

Street lighting in Southampton is maintained as part of a contract between Southampton City Council and Tay Valley Lighting, with services delivered by ENERVEO.

The 25-year Street Lighting Private Finance Initiative (PFI) was signed in 2010.

The first five years of the contract involved the upgrade of the council’s street lights using the latest technology. This:

  • Provides essential energy savings
  • Minimises light pollution
  • Reduces the overall number of street lights across the city to provide a more sustainable system for the future

For the remaining 20 years of the contract, the focus is on maintaining and operating the council’s lights to a very high standard and looking at future innovation (for example LED technology)

Street lighting between 1-5.30am

Turning off streetlights during part of the night, in certain areas of the city, formed part of the proposals in this year’s budget consultation to deal with the national rising costs of energy, reduce CO2 emissions and bring ecological benefits. From Friday 1 December 2023, street lighting will be switched off between 1am and 5.30am.

We have met with Hampshire Constabulary and have carefully monitored the impacts of the part-night lighting initiative we implemented in April. No noticeable rises in criminal activities or changes in policing issues have been found. Neighbouring local authorities have implemented the turning off of street lights and 67% of our consultation respondents were in support of Southampton adopting the same approach. Some national studies have shown that certain crimes actually reduce in residential areas where streetlights are turned off.

We have worked closely with a variety of stakeholders across the city including the police and other emergency services, as well as experts at Southampton City Council and our Highways and Citywatch partners at Balfour Beatty. During this work, we identified a series of 'exemption' areas, which will have the lights left on for the entirety of the night. We will continue to work with these stakeholders to monitor this initiative.

To summarise, the following areas have been identified as exempt from this initiative:

  • The City Centre
  • District and local Shopping Centres, including those in Bitterne, Woolston, Portswood and Shirley
  • The Classified Road network
  • Main roads across the city (typically the roads in and out of residential areas and/or key bus routes)
  • Key CCTV monitoring locations
  • Areas of high public patronage such as hospitals and community hubs
  • Known anti-social behaviour hotspots
  • Certain streets due to traffic calming measures
  • Roads on which there are high risks of traffic accidents
  • Parks (where highway lighting extends to these areas)
  • Safe routes home, as identified by educational establishments
  • Lighting which is not on the public highway such as council housing and leisure land

Using this map, you can search to see if a light is part of this initiative. You can also use the FAQs below to find out more:

Frequently Asked Questions

Why has this initiative been implemented? SHOW

What is the council's responsibility to provide street lighting? SHOW

What time will the lights be off? SHOW

How do I know if my road is in or out of scope? SHOW

Are other councils doing this? SHOW

Can I ask for my roads lights to be switched back on? SHOW

Damaged or faulty street lights

If you see a council street light which is damaged or not working, you can report it online via the ENERVEO portal.

If the street light is the responsibility of the council, it should have the identification label, pictured to the right, attached to it.

Please note that not all street lights in the city are under the control of the council’s Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract, some are privately owned and maintained.

If you have issues with street lights and they do not display a ENERVEO PFI identification label, please contact the owner directly - details should be displayed on the column.