Local News | Faulty Underground Cables Take Out Augusta Street Lights | Andover & VillagesThe part of Smannell Road that runs along the bottom of Augusta Park, has been plunged into darkness this week.

All of the street lights on that section of the road are not working.

Southern Electric told Andover and Villages, “When our engineers attended the lights they found a fault with the underground cables that supply the light.

“This fault has been passed to SSE Power Distribution, who are responsible for these cables. They will repair the fault no later than 23rd March 2016.”

The section of road effected is a main route out of Augusta Park and is used regularly by locals.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents state on their website: 

There are a number of benefits to street lighting. It can be used to promote security in urban areas and to increase the quality of life by artificially extending the hours in which it is light so that activity can take place. Street lighting also improves safety for drivers, riders, and pedestrians.
Driving outside of daylight hours is more dangerous – only a quarter of all travel by car drivers is between the hours of 7pm and 8am, yet this period accounts for 40% of fatal and serious injuries to the same group. Pedestrians and vulnerable road users suffer from decreased visibility in the dark too.

*Pictured at 6.30am on Wednesday 10th February 2016.

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