The Humber Bridge lighting trials
Many thanks to Andrew Credland for this excellent photograph, reproduced here with his permission. Reproduction of this image elsewhere will require Andrew's consent.


Lighting Up the Humber Bridge? No Thanks!

The Humber Bridge lighting trials - 1999.

This was only 1/6th of the proposed array of 72 lights. The bridge tower height above the piers is 155 metres, so you can work out for yourself how high the light beams went!


The idea has not yet been completely abandoned by the "Bridge Lights Brigade".

A plan in circulation [October 2004] was a £40,000 trial of a staggering £2 million plus "light pollution free" lighting system for the Humber Bridge, strongly supported by Hull Chamber of Commerce. I was told it could involve a possible 400 laser beams shining off special paint on the structure.

A trial of a further scheme to make the bridge look "nice" took place on Monday 16th May 2005 - reported to have "failed".

» The following Guardian article gives some background on the project at that time.

The Bard got it right!

To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw a perfume on the violet,
To smooth the ice, or add another hue
Unto the rainbow, or with taper-light
To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to garnish,
Is wasteful and ridiculous excess.

William Shakespeare - King John, Act IV, scene ii



Latest Information

I have heard that plans for the lighting up of the Humber Bridge are being discussed to coincide with the Hull City of Culture year, 2017. If anyone has an inside track, please would you try to find out what is going on? We must not loosen our grip on the issue. Please have a rattle about and see what you can discover. If you can't tell me for reasons of confidentiality, at least tweak the system from the inside. I am concerned that with the reorganisation of Natural England continuity may have been lost. A new scheme could emerge and slip through because no one is watching what is happening.

For more information....

For information on the location and status of the River Humber, see:

Meanwhile, why not have a look at Hull City Council's own Street Lighting Strategy and Policies?

Especially the section entitled: Lighting systems shall minimise pollution to the night sky.

More on Light Blight:

Other interesting sites related to light pollution are:

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