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South Gloucs fits Somerford traffic control lights to sweeper fleet

Published:  13 March, 2017

High visibility LED traffic control lights have been fitted to South Gloucestershire Council’s Scarab sweeper fleet.

The safety equipment was supplied and installed by Somerford Equipment to help the council to develop greater risk awareness and improve road safety.

The retrofitting project was completed faster than originally planned, enabling the sweepers to be put back into service in less time.

Somerford Equipment’s LED Traffic Control Arrow unit features 13 amber LED lamps, each producing 2400cd, providing visibility in typical road conditions at more than 500m. The lamps have an estimated lifespan of 10 years, providing a low cost of ownership in terms of both replacement and maintenance costs.

With simple in-cab operation, the unit displays Chapter 8 compliant warnings including flashing ‘keep left/keep right’ arrows or alternately flashing four corner lamps. The lamps automatically dim in ambient conditions to extend their operational life and reduce glare for drivers.

The equipment will also improve operator safety as the driver does not need to leave the cab to go to the rear of the vehicle to activate them, as they used to with the blue and white arrow sign tthe new equipment has replaced.


The Somerford LED traffic control lights are manufactured using powder coated aluminium for high rust resistance and are both lightweight and durable enabling them to deliver reliable service in the harshest environments whilst providing long term fuel efficiencies across the fleet.

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