UK lighthouse to be decommissioned

Royal Sovereign Lighthouse Royal Sovereign Lighthouse has reached the end of its serviceable life. Image: Trinity House
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Trinity House has begun preparation work on a project to decommission Royal Sovereign Lighthouse at the end of its serviceable life.

The charity aims to commence work to completely remove the now-deteriorating lighthouse in 2020. It has already upgraded Beachy Head Lighthouse, which will now be the principal aid to navigation in the area.

Ian McNaught, deputy master captain at Trinity House, said: “Now that Royal Sovereign Lighthouse has reached the end of its serviceable life, it is time for us to take steps to ensure that the lighthouse itself does not become a hazard. There will be a lot of work involved for our engineers and our various other teams and we will be working extensively in collaboration with a number of organisations to ensure the success of this project."

Increased capabilities

Trinity House will increase the capability of the offshore CS2 buoy and retain the nearby Royal Sovereign buoy. The upgrade to Beachy Head Lighthouse has increased the number of solar panels around the base of its lantern gallery and installed a longer-range LED lantern; the CS2 lighted buoy will also benefit from an increase in range.

Royal Sovereign Lighthouse was built in 1971 with a design life of 50 years. It was brought into operation on 6 September 1971. It has provided nearly 50 years of reliable service as an aid to navigation, one of over 600 that Trinity House operates for the benefit and safety of the mariner.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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