More electric vehicle charging points will be installed across Cumbria, it has been revealed.
The county council plans to install 30 new charging points – which it says is the single largest public investment in charging infrastructure in the county to date.
The new charging points will be located at five council-owned sites in the county:
- Cumbria House Car Park, Carlisle
- Cecil Street Car Park, Carlisle
- County Hall Car Park, Kendal
- Maryport Transport Hub
- Workington Transport Hub
The County Council is investing £250,000 in the project, which will significantly expand the Council’s existing network of charging points around the county.
In addition to the 30 charging points, power supplies to each site will be upgraded, with expansion potential created for up to a further 162 charging points.
The new charging points, which will be installed from June, will be available for public use 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
David Southward, Cumbria County Council cabinet member for property, said: “The county council is committed to making Cumbria carbon neutral.
” I very much welcome this significant expansion of the EV charging points network in Cumbria, which will support the transition towards greater use of low emission vehicles.”
Peter Thornton, deputy leader of Cumbria County Council and cabinet member for finance, said: “It’s essential that Cumbria has a robust network of charging points which provide a low carbon transport solution.
“I’m sure this project will help open up the county to more electric vehicle drivers and make a real difference, both in Cumbria and nationally.”
There are currently 213 public charging locations within Cumbria. By 2022 it is estimated that 581 public charging points will be required within Cumbria, the authority added.