Hazzard gives the green light for electricians in Newry and Armagh area

Date published: 28 November 2016


Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard has given the go ahead for the recruitment of two additional electricians in TransportNI’s Southern Division to assist with street lighting maintenance.

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Minister Hazzard announced the measure following a recent local review of street lighting maintenance operations.

The Minister said:

“I am pleased to be able to give the go ahead for the recruitment of additional electricians for the Newry and Armagh area.  This will help offer flexibility within the system so that more individual defects can be repaired more quickly.

“Street lighting maintenance and repairs are vital for towns and cities right across the north.  They help provide safety for drivers, riders and pedestrians.  While priority is given to repairing emergency defects which can pose an electrical or physical hazard, we rely on the public to inform us of any defects or maintenance requirements in all areas across the north.

“I am constrained by budget pressures right across the department, however, safe, cost effective and energy efficient street lighting must remain one of my priorities and the additional recruitment of electricians is good news for the people of this area.”

Anyone needing to report a street light fault should do so on the NI Direct website at: www.nidirect.gov.uk/services/report-street-light-fault

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