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Stations miss out on electric car charging point
NORTHWICH and Greenbank will not be among the stations receiving a charging point for electrical cars despite government investment of more than £300,000 in the area.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg pledged to invest more than £9million in charging points across the country, including at train stations, after launching a joint campaign with car manufacturers to promote the benefits of ultra low emission vehicles.
Network provider Northern Rail will receive £322,500 of this to install charging points in train station car parks, but plans do not currently include Northwich or Greenbank.
A Northern Rail spokesperson said: “These stations are not currently on the list. The locations have been decided on a space and capacity basis.
“Those with full car parks and busy commuter stations could not have two car parking spaces taken up in order to put in an electric charging point.
“However, we have so far only received 75 per cent of the funding so the list of locations could change.”
Last year, Merseytravel received funding from the Office for Low Emission Vehicles for 126 charging points across Merseyside and West Cheshire, including at some train stations.
Major car manufacturers BMW, Nissan, Renault, Toyota and Vauxhall are backing the Go Ultra Low campaign in partnership with the government.
They hope to debunk common myths and misconceptions putting drivers off switching to electric or hybrid cars, such as cost and how far the vehicles can travel before being recharged.
Electric car owners do not have to pay car tax or congestion charges and many chargepoints are free to use.
The cars can cost from 2p a mile, meaning a family driving an electric vehicle 10,000 miles-per-year could save around £1,000 on fuel costs each year.
Mr Clegg added: “Electric cars are one of the most promising of our green industries and we want to secure the UK’s position as a global leader in both the production and adoption of these vehicles.”