Where new electric vehicle charging points could be installed in Northampton revealed

A total of 22 streets included in consultation in bid to encourage more people to switch to green energy

Wednesday, 5th February 2020, 4:39 pm
Updated Thursday, 6th February 2020, 7:58 am

A major project to increase the number of electric vehicle charging points in Northampton will see several installed this summer.

Northamptonshire County Council is working with Liberty Global, using the network infrastructure of their subsidiary firm Virgin Media, to install new points across the county at an unknown cost.

A consultation has been launched asking the public for their view on potential locations, including 22 streets in Northampton - the full list is below.

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New electric vehicle charging points are coming to Northampton. Photo: Northamptonshire County Council

Cabinet member for place, highways and the environment, Jason Smithers, said: “Sustainable travel is a priority for the county council and we take the lowering of carbon emissions extremely seriously.

“We hope that the installation of more electric vehicle charging points will not only help residents who own electric vehicles but also encourage greater take up by the wider community."

The streets were selected using a number of criteria including vehicle registrations in the area, resident requests for electric vehicle charging points and the pavement/road layout.

One electric vehicle charging point will have the capability to charge two electric vehicles, with designated parking bays located next to the charge points.

Cllr Smithers added: "All the locations which have been identified have very limited, or no, off-street parking.

"Providing on-street charging points will help to remove a major barrier to having a ‘plug-in’ electric vehicle in these locations.

“Without the right infrastructure people are less likely to make the change, so it is vital that we support this investment and stimulate the industry.”

Take part in the consultation, which closes on February 24, and look at maps detailing the exact location of the proposed sites here.

Once the consultation ends, sites will be shortlisted and taken forward to the next stage, where residents will get another opportunity to comment on the project.

It comes as a ban on selling new petrol, diesel or hybrid cars in the UK will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035 at the latest under government plans.

The UK wants to achieve a target of emitting virtually zero carbon by 2050.

Full list of proposed new electric vehicle charging points in Northampton:

- Ardington Road, Abington (two points)

- Barry Road, off Wellingborough Road

- Christchurch Road, Abington

- Cliftonville, off Billing Road

- Collingwood Road, Abington

- Delapre Street, Far Cotton

- Dundee Street, St James

- Garfield Street, Kingsthorpe

- Hilldrop Road, Merefield

- Lime Avenue, Abington

- Newcombe Road, Spencer

- Oakwood Road, Kingsley

- Percy Road, Abington

- Semilong Road, Semilong

- Stanley Road, St James

- St James' Park Road, St James

- Station Road, Great Billing

- The Crescent, Abington

- Upper Thrift Road, off Billing Road

- Vicarage Road, Spencer

- Woodland Avenue, Abington