Local CU Phosco P680s
A small number of P680 lanterns appeared on the A516 Mickleover Bypass in approximately 2007, replacing damaged Thorn Pilote T2 lanterns. The section of the A516 where these were installed falls under the ownership of the Highways Agency, and the assumption is that the P680 was the Local Area Contractor's preferred choice of main road lantern at the time.
This example is installed on the dual carriageway's 'on' sliproad.
The columns and brackets date from the early 1990s, and are made by Abacus of nearby Sutton-in-Ashfield, in Nottinghamshire.
The lanterns have a rather angular appearance when viewed from the front.
Nearby, two P680s attached at opposing ends of a double-arm bracket can be seen. Notice the surviving Pilote installations in the background; an earlier replacement using a Philips SGS 203 lantern can be seen on the double-arm column immediately behind this one.
Although these lanterns feature polycarbonate bowls, lanterns with flat glass optics are also available. Although not pictured here, a couple of such examples exist further along this road.
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