Council is waiting for a sub-station to be built on the Kilngreen
WORK is progressing to install electric charging points for vehicles on the Kilngreen in Langholm.
A sub-station needs to be put in place before the points are put in.
This has been through Dumfries and Galloway Council’s communities committee which has made the decision to go ahead.
Councillor Archie Dryburgh said he believed the council was now awaiting a time from ScottishPower Networks which would probably put the sub-station in place.
As soon as that was done, the charging points would be installed.
The communities committee were
updated about progress on the region’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure at their meeting last Tuesday.
They were told that 12 charging bays in Dumfries and eight in Stranraer would be live before the end of the month.
As well as this, work between the
region’s two largest towns was underway, with Market Hill in Castle Douglas earmarked as a site for eight charging bays. Work was due to begin imminently.
These additions would bring the total number of charging points up to more than 50 in Dumfries and Galloway, with 52 points available once the works at Dumfries, Castle Douglas and Stranraer had been completed.
As well as increasing charging ports for the public, the council itself was making steady progress in its objective to decarbonise its fleet by 2025.
Five electric vehicles would be bought and another plan to increase the number of electric vehicles over the next five years was well underway.
Councillor Andy Ferguson, who chairs the communities committee, said: “I welcome this report and, in particular, the figures on increasing electric charging points in the region.
“There’s no doubt we’ll see economic boosts with these charging points as people pull off the A75 to charge up.
“They’ll take a wander into our towns while their vehicles charge for the next leg of their journey.”
The report detailed the council’s
intention to buy two new buses. They link into public transport provision, which is of vital importance to a rural area like Dumfries and Galloway.