Fianna Fáil TD for Laois Sean Fleming has obtained new information which shows lights on many motorway and dual carriageway routes throughout the country are set to be switched off in the coming months.

Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) confirmed in correspondence to Deputy Fleming their proposal to remove mainline lighting at 35 – 40 junctions on the motorway and dual carriageway network.

Deputy Fleming said, “I was surprised to learn that the TII intends to remove mainline lighting on motorway and dual carriageway junctions in the coming months. This affects people who are driving on the motorway and dual carriageways but lights will remain switched on at the slip roads, roundabouts and bridges over the motorways and dual carriageways.

“TII have said they are implementing these changes as they believe there is surplus lighting at these locations and due to changes in motorway design standards. This will reduce energy consumption leading to savings of approximately €1m a year.

“These changes will come as a surprise to many motorists as there has been little or no public awareness on the issue to date. Some people will welcome the changes on the basis of achieving energy savings and reducing light pollution. However many more will fear this may mark the beginning of a wider effort to remove lighting from other sections of the national road network,” concluded Deputy Fleming.