Work to install electric vehicle charging points capable of charging up to 40 vehicles at various car parks across Barnsley is now underway.
The £155,000 investment in 20 new dual chargers will help encourage more residents to make the switch to greener electric vehicles. They’re being installed at nine different public car parks, the majority of which have been selected because they are near areas of housing where many residents don’t have access to off-street parking and would find it difficult to charge the vehicle outside their home.
They will all be available to residents who wish to park their vehicles to charge overnight. All the car parks are either free, or free overnight. There will be a charge to use the charging points.
There will be some minor disruption during the works to allow the required digging and electrical connections to be carried out safely.
Cllr Chris Lamb, Cabinet Spokesperson for Environment and Transport said: “As more and more people make the switch to electric vehicles I’m pleased we’re able to invest in these chargers.
“They’ll help us attract people to our town centre and other local centres by giving them somewhere to charge their vehicles during the day, and importantly at night they’ll be available to residents who live nearby to charge their vehicles over-night.
“Please just bear with us if you notice a few spaces in your local car park are cordoned-off during the works. The disruption will be kept to an absolute minimum.”
The project makes use of the government’s On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme (ORCS) funding and supports the ambitions for EV charging set out in the 2025 Town Centre Parking Strategy.
The sites included in this project are Bank Street Car Park, Cudworth; Churchfields Car Park, Town Centre; Duke Street Car Park, Hoyland; Elsecar Heritage Centre Car Park, Elsecar; Queen Street Car Park, Goldthorpe; Sackville Street Car Park, Town Centre; Shrewsbury Road Car Park, Penistone; Summer Lane Car Park, Wombwell; and Wombwell Park and Ride.
All the car parks will remain open, although several spaces in each will be unavailable for just a few days over the next couple of weeks. The works should be complete by early June.
This project is part of Barnsley Council’s work towards reducing carbon emissions to net-zero across the borough by 2045, meaning emissions are as close to zero as possible and any that remain are offset through carbon capture programmes such as tree planting.