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South Ribble receives new electric vehicle charging points under council climate plans

Posted on - 9th June, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, Leyland, Penwortham, Politics, South Ribble News, Wildlife and Conservation
Councillor Mick Titherington trying out the new electric vehicle charging point on King Street car park in Leyland.

Electric vehicle owners in South Ribble are to enjoy three new charging points thanks to grant funding secured by the council.

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The three new rapid charging points, located in Bamber Bridge, Penwortham and Leyland, are part of South Ribble Borough Council’s work to improve the electric vehicle infrastructure across the borough. 

The charging points, installed by leading EV charging infrastructure provider EB Charging, came from grant funding secured by the council and are now ready for public use.

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Councillor Mick Titherington with David Gee at one of the new electric vehicle chargers on King Street car park in Leyland.

Councillor Mick Titherington said: “Providing improved access to electric vehicle charging provision to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles is part of our Climate Emergency Action Plan – and this is just the start.

“We installed charging points at the Civic Centre in 2018, which can be used by the public or council employees, and now we’ve taken this out to other areas of the borough, but this is just the start.

“We’re aiming to have 200 publicly accessible EV charge points across South Ribble by 2030 and ensure adequate electrical vehicle charging infrastructure is available on all planning applications in line with the Electric Vehicle Charging Points Guidance for Developments.”

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The new electric vehicle charging point on King Street car park in Leyland

The charging points are in areas convenient for public use – Bamber Bridge Leisure Centre, Penwortham Community Centre and King St car park in Leyland.

Each point can serve two vehicles (1 X DC rapid and 1 x AC fast), and a full charge can be reached in around an hour – great for those visiting the leisure centre or doing a spot of shopping in South Ribble while their vehicle is charging.. 

Alex Calnan, CEO of EB Charging, said: “We’re happy to be supporting South Ribble on the progression of its Climate Emergency Action Plan.

“Having these charging options in place will encourage more drivers to switch to electric and contribute to a low carbon future while improving air quality for residents, businesses and visitors.”

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The cost for charging is currently 44p per kW for the public.

In addition to these new charging locations, the council plans to roll out a further 19 chargers across the borough during the next 12 months as part of the funding from The Office for Zero-Emission Vehicles.

South Ribble Borough Council is looking at further grant funding options, which will help them further improve the electric vehicle charging infrastructure and deliver other climate action in the borough. 

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For more information, visit – southribble.gov.uk/climatechangeemergency 

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