Street lighting

Street lighting in Northamptonshire is maintained by Balfour Beatty on behalf of the Council under a Street Lighting Private Finance Initiative (PFI) contract.

Report a faulty street light

When reporting faults it would be useful if you could use the unique reference number which can be found on each lighting column. If you do not have this you can still report the issue simply by providing the location details.

If you would like to check whether the Council is responsible for a particular light before reporting, please check our interactive mapping webpage.

Report a faulty street light

What happens after reporting a fault 

Once received Balfour Beatty will visit the location to determine the required action. Not all faults can be rectified by Balfour Beatty as faults with the supply cables are the responsibility of the power company.

Repairs, where possible, will be undertaken within 5 working days. However, if the fault needs to be passed to the power company this may take significantly longer to rectify.

Who else provides street lighting?

Street lighting is also provided by parish and town councils, Unitary councils, and Highways England (for trunk roads and motorways). Some street lighting is also owned and maintained by developers and private owners.

Highways England 

Our interactive mapping page shows the roads which are maintained by Highways England in green. These roads are:

  • M1
  • M45
  • A5
  • A14
  • A43 between the M40 Junction 10 and M1 Junction 15a (from Northampton to the county boundary near Stamford is NCC) 
  • A45 between Thrapston and the M1 Junction 15 (from Junction 16 to the county boundary towards Dunchurch is NCC)
Contact Highways England

Parish and Unitary Council

Lighting of highways in Northamptonshire

Generally, the council will only light a road or path if the maintenance of its structure is a Highway Authority responsibility and have decided to light it.

There are some roads that still fall under the councils switch off policy and these are clearly indicated in the interactive mapping link above.