New off-grid solar street lights are set to make it easier for cyclists and walkers to access Leavesden Country Park at its Langley entrance.

Three Rivers District Council, who installed the lights, described the newly-lit path as “revolutionary”. The installation is the first of its kind for a Local Authority within the UK.

The unique photovoltaic power tube ensures high performance and reliability in all weather conditions, with the self-sufficient lighting solution running entirely on solar power.

Cllr Stephen Giles-Medhurst, lead member for transport and economic development, said: “With zero CO₂ emissions, these innovative lighting columns will help to protect the environment.

“They will also save two tonnes of CO₂ emissions per light over the next 25 years compared to conventional street lights.”

The lights are equipped with motion sensors that conserve energy during periods of inactivity. As soon as the sensor is triggered, the lights immediately increase power to 100%, ensuring the best possible night-time visibility for cyclists and walkers.

The newly lit path connects the Country Park with the Grand Union Canal via the South Way shared cycleway, improving the promoted Rickmansworth – Leavesden low traffic route.

It is being run as a pilot to help the council towards its carbon reduction targets, with the design of the lighting columns eliminating the need for large scale excavations and cabling.

Its installation used special no-dig techniques to help to protect the surrounding vegetation and soil structure.