Due to a problem with the street lighting, it was pitch dark in many neighborhoods in Ghent during the evening rush hour on Tuesday evening. A technical problem, says grid operator Fluvius.
We had to be careful for those who had to enter traffic in Ghent on Tuesday. The street lights were not on here and there, entire streets were pitch dark. Reports came around the Sint-Pieters station, in Sint-Amandsberg, on the Nieuwewandeling, in Nieuw Gent, the Laurentplein…
There were also reports of pitch-black streets in Ghent last week. What is going on? Didn’t the city council decide to keep the street lights on this winter?
It concerns a technical problem in one of the Fluvius cabins, according to inquiries. “There was a problem with the control of public lighting in large parts of Ghent,” confirms David Callens, spokesperson for Fluvius. “Something went wrong in the module at the Ham.”
This module automatically controls the lighting and therefore determines when the lights are on. “The malfunction has now been resolved. The lights will normally be on again on Wednesday evening according to the city’s desired program,” says Callens.
There may be a link with last week. Fluvius then adjusted the lighting, including in Ghent, as a precaution against stormy weather. “On Thursday we launched an emergency program for storm Ciarán,” says Callens. “For safety, the street lights were left on all night, until Friday evening.”