Warrington Borough Council in the North West of England has installed 56 charging points for electric vehicles at the Time Square multi-storey car park. The installation is part of the council’s Air Quality Action Plan.
The Warrington Council claims the new charge park is one of the largest arrays of charging stations at any one location in the country. More so, the initiative is a significant step to encourage the uptake of low emission electric vehicles in the town centre as part of the authority’s long-term commitment to reducing pollution.
Warrington Borough Council’s executive board member for environment, Cllr Judith Guthrie, who drives an electric car herself said: “I’m delighted that our new electric charging points are up-and-running. It’s an important part of our plans to protect Warrington’s environment, now and in the future.”
The council formally adopted its Air Quality Action Plan last year, aiming to reduce nitrogen dioxide levels within and around the town. The 17-point plan includes a variety of measures including an increased focus on all forms of sustainable transport, such as cleaner fuels and electric vehicles, new cycling and walking links, and an intelligent transport system.
The council is also about to launch a new website and raising awareness about air quality in the borough. It will include interactive maps, a search-by-property function, information about Air Quality Management and Smoke Control Areas, and access to all the air pollution data monitored by the council at more than 30 locations across the borough.
Overall, there are now a dozen public electric vehicle charging locations in Warrington. Moreover, all new homes in Warrington with off road parking must now have charging points. This includes the 56 new charging points at the Time Square car park. For existing homeowners, government grants are available of up to £500 for the installation of a charging point.