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Stortford and Stansted stations to get electric car charge point | Bishop’s Stortford news

A Stansted Express train, operated by Greater Anglia, at Liverpool Street station.
BISHOP’S Stortford and Stansted Mountfitchet train stations are to benefit from electric car charge points.

Greater Anglia has welcomed the government’s announcement of £165,000 funding to bring the facility to 20 of its stations.

Simone Bailey, the operator’s asset management director, said: “We welcome today’s announcement by the government regarding funding for electric car charge points at 20 Greater Anglia stations. We are delighted to be included in the first wave of funding for this project and look forward to taking this project forward for the benefit of our customers.”

The development comes as new research by the BBC reveals councils across the UK have spent £7.2m on electric car charging points in the past three years, but many of them are not being used.

One in six local authorities with charging points have at least one point that has not been used at all in the past year and the total spent so far equates to £1,750 per electric car, according to the data.

Less than a third of the authorities have a charging point being used on average more than once a week and more than half of these are being used solely by council vehicles.

According to the BBC, responses to Freedom of Information requests from 91 per cent of local authorities across the country show 139 have spent a total of £7.21m on charging points since April 2010 – 18 per cent had at least one charging point unused between April 2012 and April 2013 and 29 per cent had a point used more than 52 times in the same period.

Latest figures from the DVLA show there are 4,100 electric cars in the UK.

Source http://www.hertsandessexobserver.co.uk/News/Bishops-Stortford/Stortford-and-Stansted-stations-to-get-electric-car-charge-point-20130804125344.htm

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