William Eichler 10 September 2019

Whitehall announces £400m for rapid charging points

Whitehall announces £400m for rapid charging points image

The Government has launched a £400m fund to help develop rapid charging infrastructure points for electric vehicles.

The fund is part of a £500m investment drive in green technologies for what Whitehall calls ‘a cleaner and healthier future’.

Rapid charge points can recharge a family car in as little as 20 minutes, compared to existing technology which can take 40 minutes.

The first £70m of the investment will create 3,000 new rapid charge points, more than doubling the number of points across the UK by 2024.

‘I am delighted to announce this funding today that will more than double the number of rapid charge points for electric vehicles on our roads,’ said the exchequer secretary Simon Clarke.

‘Britain already boasts one of the biggest networks of charging infrastructure in Europe and soon we will have the fastest thanks to this investment.’

The funding also includes £142.9m announced for R&D to combat air and water pollution, and increase sustainability.

A recent report by UK100 – an umbrella body which includes local leaders in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool – called on the Government to boost spending on air quality.

It argued that a fund of £1.5bn could generate up to £6.5bn in returns.

Fair funding delay image

Fair funding delay

The delay to the fair funding review can only add to anxiety over the future of local government, says Mark Whitehead
Highways jobs

Senior Traffic Engineer

East Riding of Yorkshire Council
£32,029 - £34,788 per annum
Currently seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to manage our Traffic Team. East Riding of Yorkshire
Recuriter: East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Technician

Derbyshire County Council
£22,628 - £24,455 per annum
Two posts have become available in the Council's Highways Development Control Section Derbyshire
Recuriter: Derbyshire County Council

Business Systems Support Officer

South Holland District Council
£21,166 - £24,799
Starting salary
Recuriter: South Holland District Council

Director - Major Projects (Town Hall Campus)

Waltham Forest Council
Up to c£110,000 per annum
As Director of Major Projects (Town Hall Campus) you will lead the delivery of our portfolio of property and capital funded projects... Waltham Forest, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Waltham Forest Council

Property Asset Services Manager

South Holland District Council
£41,675 to SCP 51 - £46,725
Contract type
Recuriter: South Holland District Council

Local Government News

Latest issue - Local Goverrnemnt News

This issue of Local Government News explores how councils can tackle modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains, finds out more about Cambridge's first cohousing scheme and the launch of a new project to build a shared service pattern library for local government.

This issue also contains a special focus on children's services and how councils are protecting children following local safeguarding children boards being abolished.

Register for your free magazine