Electric vehicle charging points go live in Cumbria

Cumbria County Council is launching a series of charging points for electric vehicles in the county.

A map highlighting the nine locations of the new electric vehicle charging points (Image: ITV Border)

A map highlighting the nine locations of the new electric vehicle charging points (Image: ITV Border)

Nine sites have been commissioned and are available for use by residents, visitors and businesses.

They are located in Carlisle, Kendal, Workington, Whitehaven, Keswick, Ulverston, Kirkby Stephen, Kirkby Lonsdale and Ambleside.

The project was made possible after Cumbria County Council secured funding of £438,000 to create a countywide electric vehicle infrastructure.

The Government’s Office of Low Emission Vehicles has supplied 75% of the funding through its Local Authority Rapid and Public Sector Estate Chargepoint schemes and 25% match funding has been secured from a private investor.

Charging points for electric vehicles are at the following locations:

  • Carlisle – Lowther Street (opposite Rural Payments Agency)
  • Kendal – Car park at County Offices, Busher Walk
  • Workington – Car park at Allerdale House, Griffin Street
  • Whitehaven – Car park Senhouse Street
  • Keswick – Central Car Park, Heads Road
  • Ulverston – Brewery Street car park
  • Kirkby Stephen – Christian Head car park
  • Kirkby Lonsdale – New Road car park
  • Ambleside – Low Fold car park, Lake Road

I’m absolutely delighted that charging points for electric vehicles are up and running in the county, providing a low carbon transport solution. I’d like to thank our district council partners who played a key role in providing locations within their car parks for the chargers, ensuring they’re easily accessible to the public. This has been a complex project and it’s taken a while to get everything in place but it’s been well worth the wait.

“Up until now there have been limited charging facilities in Cumbria. I’m sure this project will help open up the county to more electric vehicle drivers and make a real difference, both in Cumbria and nationally.”

– COUNCILLOR JANET WILLIS, CUMBRIA COUNTY COUNCIL CABINET MEMBER RESPONSIBLE FOR ENVIRONMENT

Source: ITV.com

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