Electric vehicle charging

Swansea Labour backing plans to invest millions into city’s transport infrastructure

Owners of electric cars will be able to charge their vehicles in a number of council-owned car parks in Swansea from 2020.

The Labour-led Swansea Council is looking to install the new electric charging infrastructure to support an increase in electric vehicles being used in the city.

Car parks included in the new initiative include the existing park and ride sites where purpose built charging bays will be developed where car owners can travel up to 30 miles from a one hour charge.

Funding for the electric infrastructure is being provided from a £4.5 million Welsh Government transport grant which was awarded to the Council earlier in the year.

Labour councillor Andrea Lewis, Cabinet Member for Homes and Energy, said: “The funding allocated to Swansea for electric vehicles is another big step forward in our efforts to tackle climate change and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels.

“We have recently been recognised nationally for our green credentials at the Green Fleet Awards – in recognition of our own electric vehicle fleet.

“The new charging points will provide the public with more opportunity to join us in our efforts and get on board with electric vehicle technology.”

The grant funding will enable the Council to ensure important, innovative transport schemes can be completed and assist in managing traffic on the city’s existing highway network.

In addition to the electric charging points, part of the grant (£750,000) will be used to support the upgrade of the Broadway interchange, where plans are in place to replace two mini roundabouts with traffic lights.

Funding is also being provided to continue the development of the South West Wales Metro project where a further £432k will assist in providing a regional transport system including rail and bus travel.

Labour Councillor Mark Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Infrastructure Management, said: “The new electric charging points are an important element in our commitment to see an increase in electric vehicles in the city and help us to reduce our carbon footprint.”

Under the ongoing ‘Active Travel’ initiatives being completed in the city, a new three kilometre shared use path is also set to be created along Gors Avenue, helping to boost the existing cycle network and to provide a link with the recently developed cycle path at Cwm Road.

A further £1.5 million is being used from the grant to develop two off-road walking and cycling schemes connecting the city centre and Townhill.

The council will also look at the feasibility of a new route linking Penllergaer and Gorseinon

Cllr Thomas added: “The provision of new cycling and walking routes is another important part of our transport network we are pushing forward with to ensure those who choose alternative ways of travel can get about the city.

“We have recently opened a series of cycle routes in Llansamlet and Ynystawe which provide missing links to existing routes and also provide safe routes for young people to travel to and from school.”

 

 

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