One Trafford partnership Solar Hybrid Street Lights – One Trafford Partnership

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Amey and Trafford Council are working in partnership to deliver environmental and infrastructure services for Trafford.

The One Trafford partnership, formed in 2015, delivers commercial and domestic waste collections, street cleaning, grounds maintenance, highways services, bridges, road safety, street lighting and furniture, drainage and property services.

The 15 year partnership maintains and improves nearly 800 km of roads, 17,000 km footways, 150 structures, 30,000 street columns and illuminated signs and 37 parks, in addition to collecting waste from 97,000 households.

Innovative, new technology will be introduced across the services to deliver a more efficient approach for the Council and the residents of Trafford.

Trafford became one of the first local authorities in the country to install solar hybrid streetlights, after five columns were installed on Woodbridge Road in Urmston in June 2023.


Switching to solar-powered lighting can help local and public authorities reduce the reliance on energy from the grid and scale up the use of renewables, while reducing their carbon footprint. Working with supplier, Signify, the new lights will use 75% less energy than the LED streetlights which are the most used across Trafford. Solar panels are located around the neck of the hybrid columns to absorb sunlight which convert to electric power stored in a battery. It also contains a mains supply serving as a back-up when no natural light is available.

Hybrid solar-powered lights are a feasible option for regions, where sunshine may be less reliable.

Future Opportunities

Work has already started to trial a fully-solar street light that has a PRI sensor built into it. Further trials will take place to use the lights outside the depot, with the plan of installing some in the borough itself if successful. The sensor lights illuminate when there is movement within 15 feet, resulting in a huge amount of energy being saved.

Last year, One Trafford Partnership also introduced 17 electric vehicles to its fleet, saving nearly 21 tonnes of carbon per annum.

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