Kingston moves forward with greener transport plans
Kingston Council have agreed plans to create a healthier environment for residents, visitors and businesses by install more electric vehicle charging points.
The Electric Vehicle Charging Policy and Action Plan, agreed at the Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee (27 November), aims to encourage a shift from more polluting vehicles to electric vehicle (EV) ownership by developing the infrastructure to support EV charging in locations across the borough.
Currently, there are a variety of technologies available for EV charging with a range of providers in the market and different funding streams available. Kingston Council is exploring a number of options to provide the most cost effective approach to improve provision for charging EVs. This includes working with TfL to increase the number of charge points available on street and working in partnership with a provider to install an additional 100 points over the next 3 years.
Public Health England has estimated that in 2010, Kingston had the equivalent of 68 deaths (or the loss of 730 years of life) as a result of exposure to man-made particulates. In line with improvements to concentrations of particulates, the proportion of deaths attributable to particulates has declined, but is still the equivalent of around one in every twenty deaths.
Councillor Hilary Gander, Kingston Council’s portfolio holder for sustainability, said:
“Encouraging residents and businesses to switch to electric vehicles which have zero tailpipe emissions, helps improve air quality in Kingston which improves the health of everyone who lives or works here. It is just one of the initiatives being driven forward by the draft Sustainable Transport Strategy and will see more electric charging points installed throughout the borough and help meet London’s Ultra-Low Emission Vehicle (ULEV) targets. Other initiatives outlined in strategy will promote walking, cycling and the use of public transport where possible.”
Notes for editors:
The Mayor of London’s Transport Strategy aims to make London’s transport network ‘zero emission’ by 2050. Despite higher levels of walking, cycling and public transport use, motorised vehicles will remain a feature of London’s streets, requiring strong policies to encourage vehicles to be as clean and energy efficient as possible.
The government intends to ban the sale of new non-hybrid petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
Kingston’s draft Sustainable Transport Strategy includes objectives around reducing the harmful effects of transport on health and the environment and its contribution to climate change.
There are currently 10 council-provided charging points located on Kingston roads and in its off-street carparks. The council is looking to add 100 new charging points over 4 years.