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09.09.20

Major station improvements and electric vehicle charging hubs

Following the announcement of Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) programme to develop numerous stations, today (9 Sept) on World Electric Vehicle (EV) Day, GTR welcomed Secretary of State Grant Shapps to open rail’s largest dedicated EV charging hub at Hatfield station, which features a total of 27 charging points.

GTR, the UK’s biggest rail franchise, welcomes the opening as a milestone as part of their wide-ranging station improvement programme, which includes more than 230 stations and over 1,000 individual projects.

The goal of the programme is to enhance the overall journey experience by making stations smarter, safer, more comfortable and more environmentally sustainable. Much of the work has been suggested by local passenger and community groups.

In collaboration with Pod Point, a leading provider of EV changing infrastucure, Hartfield’s new hub has been opened to meet the rising consumer demand for electric vehicles, whilst also conveying the company’s commitment to sustainability. The EV installation at Hatfield will see a 150% increase in public EV charging devices in the Welwyn Hatfield district.

For passengers using the Great Northern and Thameslink station, the charging points will provide additional accessibility and convenience. 12 new charging points have also been installed at Haywards Heath train station.

These locations were chosen as a result of a heat-mapping exercise led by the rail operator, which revealed EV ownership and sales ‘hot spots’ around the UK.

Tom Moran, Managing Director for Thameslink and Great Northern, explained: “We’re delighted to officially unveil our new EV charging hub at Hatfield station. This is part of a much wider programme of works to improve station facilities at every station across the GTR network and give a better experience to our passengers.

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“We have over 1,000 improvement projects happening across our network and many will help improve the sustainability of our stations, especially as our local communities seek out options for the greenest forms of travel.”

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: “We’re taking great strides towards our goal of having one of the best electric vehicle infrastructure networks in the world. This means a network for current and future electric vehicle drivers that is affordable, reliable, accessible and secure.

“Today’s landmark announcement ticks all those boxes and will make journeys on road and rail much greener for local residents, commuters and businesses.”

Erik Fairbairn, Founder and CEO, Pod Point, adds: “We are delighted to be working with Govia Thameslink Railway on this landmark EV charging installation. Our continued partnership with GTR is making it easier for drivers to choose electric and will help accelerate adoption.”

Images: Govia Thameslink Railway 

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