Winchester City Council focuses on electric charging points and park and ride spaces with LEP money

New electric vehicle charging points and park and ride spaces will be installed by Winchester City Council after it was awarded £5.65 million in a bid to increase lower carbon travel from the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Around parking 300 spaces will be provided to reduce traffic in the city, with photovoltaic panels and electric vehicle charging points to feature in the plans for the site.

Cllr Paula Ferguson, Cabinet member for Climate Emergency and Local Economy, said: “This new development gives people a chance to do things differently. They’ll be able to park just on the edge of the city and take a short pleasant walk in and if they have an electric vehicle, they’ll also be able to charge it.”

Initial feasibility work will begin before the end of this year and the project is expected to be completed in early 2022, which will involve consultation through the planning process.

The council says that the schemes link with its aims of the City of Winchester Movement Strategy and supporting its pledge to become a carbon neutral council by 2024, with the whole district becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

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