NETWORK Rail has installed 84 electric charging points at its car parks and railway stations in Edinburgh.
It comes as part of the rollout of 450 new charging points in Reading, Manchester, Leeds, Welwyn Garden City, and Scotland’s capital.
The new Compleo charging points are marked with green parking bays, with passengers being able to pay for they need using the APCOA Connect App. Network Rail said that the charging points provide enough power to fully charge a vehicle in three to four hours.
Jo Lewington, Network Rail’s chief environment and sustainability officer, said, “As part of our wider Environmental Sustainability Strategy, we’re working towards delivering a low-emission railway and aiming to reach net-zero emissions by 2045 in Scotland and by 2050 in the rest of Britain.
“Supporting the move to electric vehicles is a key part of that. We hope that by providing affordable, efficient and reliable charging points we can encourage more electric vehicles onto the road and help promote healthier air in and around our stations.”
Mark Tarry, Network Rail’s supply chain operations director, added, “The decarbonisation programme team continues to deliver Network Rail’s decarbonisation ambitions. The team are making a real difference putting passengers first and supporting the country’s net zero ambitions”.
Kim Challis, APCOA’s regional MD for UK&I, commented, “We’re really pleased to have developed this solution in conjunction with Compleo to enable charging authentication and easy payment for Network Rail’s EV customers. This solution also provides a significant step towards our sustainability strategy.”