Govia Thameslink Railway has opened two new electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs.
As part of a wider project to improve more than 230 train stations across the country, Govia Thameslink Railway has partnered with Pod Point to provide Hatfield and Haywards Heath with new charging hubs.
It is hoped that the charge points will provide additional accessibility and convenience for customers.
These two locations were chosen after a heat-mapping exercise conducted by the rail operator revealed the EV ownership and sales hot spots around the UK.
Tom Moran, managing director for Thameslink and Great Northern, said: ‘We’re delighted to officially unveil our new EV charging hubs. This is part of a much wider programme of works to improve station facilities at every station across the GTR network and give a better experience to our passengers.
‘We have over 1,000 improvement projects happening across our network and many will help improve the sustainability of our stations, especially as our local communities seek out options for the greenest forms of travel.’
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: ‘We’re making great strides towards our goal of having one of the best electric vehicle infrastructure networks in the world.
‘This means a network for current and future electric vehicle drivers that is affordable, reliable, accessible and secure.
‘Today’s landmark announcement ticks all those boxes and will make journeys on road and rail much greener for local residents, commuters and businesses.’
In related news, AA to roll out a new electric vehicle (EV) support service in response to increased demand.
Demand for all forms of battery, plug-in and hybrid electric vehicles has risen significantly, representing a quarter of total new car market share in July.
Based on this, the AA has decided to roll out a dedicated EV Support Package.
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