Car park users to plug in while using the train

Electric Vehicle Charging Point. Southern is installing these in several railway stations in the south east SUS-150603-143616001
Electric Vehicle Charging Point. Southern is installing these in several railway stations in the south east SUS-150603-143616001

As the trend for alternative fuels for cars continues to grow, particularly with electric vehicles, Southern is installing 50 Electric Vehicle Charging Points (EVCPs) in station car parks including three at Eastbourne.

The three have already been installed in the car park by Southern network with cash from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) as part of a south east-wide initiative to install more points to connect with the Energise network.

Sales of electric vehicles are on the increase and the rail firm says provision of EVCPs at stations supports Southern’s strategy to encourage more sustainable travel. EVCPs at stations will help electric vehicle drivers to complete a door to door sustainable journey and reduce their carbon footprint even further.

Southern already has ECVPs at 10 stations with 13 more stations planned to have charging points over the next couple of months.

Southern’s Head of Environment, Sandra Norval said, “We’re on target for installation of most of the 50 ECVPs by the end of March, with the final few to come soon after.

“Who knows – the installation of these charging points may even encourage more electric car sales. If that happens, everyone wins.”

Who knows – the installation of these charging points may even encourage more electric car sales. If that happens, everyone wins.

Southern’s Head of Environment, Sandra Norval

Other environmental initiatives Southern is currently involved in include an initiative with students from the University of Sussex, the Sussex Community Partnership and the Brighton Biosphere project to create small gardens designed to encourage bees, birds, bats and butterflies into areas where they wouldn’t naturally visit.

“We are also encouraging people to make their journey to the station more sustainable by providing more cycle parking spaces,” said Sandra. “There are now more than 6,000 cycle parking spaces across the Southern network – double the number of spaces compared to the beginning of our franchise in 2009. We are opening a new 500 space cycle hub at Brighton station this month and are also building cycle hubs at Hassocks, Lewes and Horsham.

“We are aiming to reduce the amount of waste we send to landfill to zero. We have already achieved this at East Croydon station and work is progressing at Brighton, Eastbourne and Gatwick Airport stations.

“We’re not just thinking about the here and now. We have plans for initiatives that go beyond our franchise tenure which we believe will leave a legacy in place to further reduce the effect we have on the environment.”