East Riding of Yorkshire Council is set to install charging points for electric vehicles at car parks in Hessle and Bridlington before the end of the year.
Working with local ward members and the respective town councils, the authority’s transport policy team is installing the points at a cost of £25,000, with financial contributions from both Hessle and Bridlington town councils, and form part of the council’s third local transport plan.
The points will be installed in the Swinegate car park and outside the town hall in Hessle and in the Palace car park in Bridlington. Each charging point can charge two vehicles at a time.
The electric vehicle charging points are an important step in encouraging local residents and visitors to the area to make the switch from petrol and diesel vehicles to using more sustainable modes of transport. Increasing the number of trips made using electric cars will reduce harmful road related carbon emissions and will also benefit the local environment.
Councillor Chris Matthews, cabinet portfolio holder for infrastructure, highways and emergency planning, said: “Many modern motor vehicles are being designed and built to run on various innovative sources of power, from electric cars, to hybrids and even bio-fuels.
“The council is keen to support the choices of residents and visitors who seek to be more sustainable in their method of transport and the local transport plan is making provision, not just for electric cars, but for cycling and public transport.”
As well as improving the East Riding’s transport infrastructure, the plan is also helping to reduce the area’s carbon footprint.
Councillor Symon Fraser, cabinet portfolio holder for environment, housing and planning, said: “Hybrid and electric cars are at a very early stage of development but may well grow in popularity, particularly in urban areas, over the coming years.”
“These charging points will help East Riding residents to explore these new technologies and to benefit from this very clean and quiet mode of travel”.
Work on the charging points is anticipated to be complete by December, when the points will be switched on.
For further information about the council’s local transport plan, visit www.eastriding.gov.uk