Govia Thameslink Railway becomes greener with more charging points for electric vehicles

New charging points and parking areas are being installed on the Thameslink, Great Northern and Southern rail network as part of an electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure installation by rail operator Govia Thameslink Railway ( GTR).

There will be 179 charging points spread over 37 stations for public use by the end of January 2022.

This second wave follows their installation in September 2020 in Hatfield of a dedicated EV charging hub with 27 points, which at the time was the largest on British rail.

GTR is currently installing electric vehicle charging points at 10 other stations on the Thameslink, Great Northern and Southern routes and includes: – Luton, Luton Airport Parkway, St Albans, Elstree & Borehamwood, Cooksbridge, Harpenden, Watton in Stone, Bayford, Palmers Green and Bar des Potiers.

Pod Point, which is a leader in EV charging infrastructure, is partnering with GTR to help them deliver on their commitment to greener travel options by installing EV charging points to meet vehicle demand. electric.

GTR is working hard to improve the stations in its network, which covers more than 230 stations and 1,000 projects.

Infrastructure Manager Keith Jipps at Govia Thameslink Railway said: “Taking the train is a greener way to travel, but we need to think about how people get to our stations. By improving the infrastructure for electric vehicles across the network, we are providing better accessibility and comfort for those who already use electric vehicles, while encouraging others to consider electric vehicles to make their travel more sustainable.

Hitchin and Harpenden MP Bim Afolami welcomes the new charging stations at Harpenden station. He said: “If we are serious about encouraging the public to switch to greener modes of transportation, then there has to be the proper infrastructure in place to allow that to happen. The new electric vehicle charging points at Harpenden station will provide huge benefits to the local community and make more residents consider buying an electric vehicle.

Pod Point Founder and CEO Erik Fairbairn added: “Pod Point’s vision is to travel without damaging the earth and this partnership is exciting as it enables UK commuters to experience truly integrated electrified transport. It also makes it easier for drivers to choose electricity, providing a convenient alternative to charging at home or in the workplace – especially important for those without off-street parking. The partnership sets a blueprint for electric vehicle charging in the rail industry and we look forward to powering even more stations as the rollout continues.

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