West Sussex street lights to switch on earlier when clocks go back

New streetlighting in West Sussex

New streetlighting in West Sussex

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Street lights in West Sussex will switch on an hour earlier then the clocks go back later this month.

Residents who are up early in the morning have questioned why they are not coming on while it is dark.

All street lights in part-night areas come on according to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

In winter the lights switch on from dusk to the middle of the night and from 5.30am to dawn, although this may vary up to 20 minutes either way depending on the equipment.

In summer when the clocks go forward to reflect British Summer Time (BST) the lights do not.

John O’Brien, West Sussex County Council cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This is an issue which comes up every year.

“The timings of the street lights are factory set and cannot be altered.

“When the clocks go back near the end of the month everyone will notice the lights coming on earlier.”

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