Formerly the Highways Agency, since April 2015 Highways England has been a government owned company. Highways England maintains and improves over 4300 miles of England’s motorways and major A roads, which carry two thirds of all heavy goods traffic.
Highways England is charged with delivering £15 billion of investment into England’s motorway and A road network. The road network body currently has an investment collaboration with local authorities to install more electric vehicle charging points. This road investment period is from 2015 to 2021. In addition to this, Highways England has just awarded £2.8 million to support the installation of over 50 new EV (electric vehicle) charge points across England. This investment supports Highways England road network improvement project of ensuring 95% of motorways and major A roads are within 20 miles of an EV charge point. The goal of the investment is to help electric vehicle drivers make longer journeys by making distance travel easier.
“To help improve air quality and reduce carbon emissions we’re introducing more electric charging points, at locations near to the network, for example at nearby town centres. This shows that we are looking ahead to meet the future demand for this facility. This contract is about supporting drivers of electric vehicles using our network. It will give them additional charging facilities just off England’s motorways and major A roads to help them make longer journeys and reduce the anxiety of potentially running out of power. We look forward to the benefits this will provide drivers on our roads.” (Mark Collins – Environmental Designated Fund Portfolio Manager at Highways England)
The £2.8 million investment has been awarded in the form of 2 contracts via the public sector owned organisation ESPO (Eastern Shires Purchasing Organisation) using the 636 Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Framework. The contracts have been awarded to BP Chargemaster and Swarco UK. BP Chargemaster has installation responsibility for the north of England with Swarco UK carrying out the work in the south of England. The contract for both BP Chargemaster and Swarco UK includes initial installation and maintenance responsibility for a 7 year period.
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