Fylde Council is delighted to have been successful in a funding bid for the installation of new electric charging points for taxis.
The Department for Transport has announced it is to provide £630K in funding to support ultra-low emission taxis in Lancashire.
The successful bid was submitted by the council on behalf of itself and five other local authorities and will see the installation of 24 charge points – four per council area – across Lancashire.
The six authorities which formed the winning bid are: Fylde Council, Lancaster City Council, Burnley Council, South Ribble Borough Council, Rossendale Borough Council and Wyre Council.
Councillor Angela Jacques, Chair of the Public Protection Committee for Fylde Council said: “We are delighted to have been successful with our neighbouring authorities to secure the funding bid for these charge points. In light of continuing to strive to keep our Borough ‘green’ and reduce air pollution this is a fantastic step forward.”
This announcement is another milestone in the delivery of the government’s Road to Zero Strategy and Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, which aims to take advantage of the extraordinary innovation in UK engineering and technology to usher in cleaner, greener journeys.
Jesse Norman, Future of Mobility Minister, said: “The government wants all new cars and vans to be effectively zero emission by 2040. Getting the right infrastructure and investment in place is a crucial part of this.Today’s funding will support almost 4,000 ultra-low emission vehicles across the country. It is a further sign that the UK is making real progress in the transition to greener transport.”
Richard Harrington, Automotive Minister, said: “The UK has led the world in cutting emissions while maintaining growth in our economy. These new charge points for greener taxis will help accelerate a cleaner environment for people across the UK. This will also point the way for a better, healthier future for us all as part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy which builds on the government’s long-standing partnership with the UK automotive sector.”
It is estimated that across Lancashire, 140 ultra-low emission black cabs and more than 200 ultra-low emission private hire vehicles will benefit from new charge points being funded by government, supporting a shift towards cleaner, greener transport.
Locations of the charging points are currently being decided in Fylde and will be published once they have been put in place.