City of York Council
Roads, highways and pavements

Street lights

We are responsible for 17,845 street lights and 1,749 illuminated signs and bollards in York. These are all maintained by our own in-house street lighting team. 

This year, we are focusing on reducing our carbon footprint and energy bills through our ongoing carbon reduction programme. This includes changing the type of bulbs we use in our street lights to create a shift from the traditional orange glow to a brighter white light across the city. The human eye responds better to white light and these bulbs are more energy efficient.

We carry out a programme of structural testing of all steel street light columns, and visual inspections of concrete columns. All failed columns will be either cut down or removed immediately and replaced as soon as practicable.

The council attends approximately 5,500 faults per year, and our response times are:

  • Urgent faults will be attended and either repaired or made safe within 2 hours
  • Normal faults will be attended and either repaired or made safe within 4 working days
  • When a defect has been made safe and further works are required, we aim to have the repairs carried out within 20 working days.  When there is an issue with the electricity supply, and we have to work with a utility company to resolve, the national standard allows 35 working days for the repairs to be completed

York Walls

City of York Council also maintains the city's floodlights on the York Walls. The lights illuminate the historic city walls between dusk and dawn, providing a unique sight of York.

The following lights are currently being repaired or have recently been repaired (April/May). The council is continuing to repair the floodlights as soon possible. We have repaired those that are easily fixed and the remaining floodlights not working are long term issues which we are endeavouring to repair as soon as practicable.

  • St Maurices Road: all lit
  • Clifford’s tower :  all lit
  • Museum St/Lendal Bridge Opp the Maltings Pub. The first three of five are working. We require technical advice from the manufacturer on the other two.
  • Lord Mayor’s Walk:  needs further investigation (the cage needs replacing)
  • Bootham Bar: all lit
  • 10 Station Road: all lit
  • 67 and 68 Prices Lane. all lit
  • 104 and 105 Piccadilly: all lit
  • 116 Walmgate: all lit
  • 129 Goodramgate/ Monk Bar:  arranging a new underground connection into the pillar with the Northern Grid
  • 113 Lawrence St: all lit
  • Tower Street (crown court) all lit
  • Fishergate (Paragon Street)  all lit
  • Paragon Street opp regency Chinese: all lit
  • New scheme at Station Road: all lit
  • Station Rise (opp Memorial Gardens) all lit
  • Station Road (opp Cedar Court hotel): all lit
  • New scheme at station road: all lit

To report a faulty street lights please call (01904) 551551. Please provide us with as much information as possible on the location, the problem, and the asset ID number (this will be stickered to the unit.)

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