15/08/19: Dereham and Swaffham Electric Charging points now open

Dereham and Swaffham are the latest Breckland market towns to benefit from new rapid charging points for electric cars.

Cowper Car Park in Dereham and Pedlars Lane Car Park in Swaffham now have rapid charging points installed, funded by Highways England. It is part of an initiative to install new charging points along key roads in East Anglia and in support of Government initiatives to increase the number of electric vehicles and reduce the sale and use of conventional petrol and diesel cars in the UK.

The rapid chargers are capable of charging two cars at a time and can substantially recharge the battery of an electric vehicle (EV) in just 30 minutes. Users will be able to pay via contactless debit/credit card or use their existing Swarco E-Connect network account.

With the Dereham and Swaffham rapid charging points now operating and new charging points in Attleborough set to go will live in September and Thetford later on this year, Breckland is becoming more accessible to electric vehicle owners. The new network of charging points will help with the uptake of the technology and encourage visitors to the area.

Cllr Alison Webb, Executive Member for Housing, Health and Environment at Breckland Council, commented: "I am delighted installation of these new charging points has now been completed, providing greater accessibility for electric vehicle drivers. We expect to see growing demand for these points over the coming years and having these in place will make it easier for residents and visitors to come into our market towns to visit our shops and then return to a recharged vehicle ready to go!"

Highways England's Mark Collins, Environmental Designated Fund (Carbon) Portfolio Manager and Project Lead said: "Highways England is committed to helping improve the nation's air quality and decarbonising road transport by introducing charge points so that electric vehicle drivers can complete their journeys as easy as drivers of vehicles with traditional engines. The work is aimed at reducing range anxiety, enabling drivers of electric vehicles to undertake longer journeys, whilst also  reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality."

Breckland Council are working in association with Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils, who are leading this project with Highways England and six local authorities in Suffolk, Norfolk and Essex. 

Last updated: 03/10/2019 13:20:09