Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) - the UK’s biggest rail franchise – welcomed Secretary of State Grant Shapps on World Electric Vehicle (EV) Day (Tuesday 8th September) to open rail’s largest dedicated EV charging hub at Hatfield station, which features a total of 27 charging points.
Tom Moran and Transport Secretary Grant Shapps. Courtesy of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR)
The installation marks a milestone in a wide-ranging station improvements programme being undertaken by GTR, which encompasses more than 230 stations and over 1,000 individual projects. The programme aims to enhance the overall journey experience by making stations smarter, safer, more comfortable and more environmentally sustainable. Much of the work has been suggested by local passenger and community groups.
In partnership with Pod Point, a leading provider of EV charging infrastructure, Hatfield’s new hub has been opened to meet the increasing consumer demand for electric vehicles, whilst also demonstrating the company’s commitment to sustainability. The EV installation at Hatfield will see a 150 per cent increase in public EV charging devices in the Welwyn Hatfield district.
The charging points will provide additional accessibility and convenience for customers using the Great Northern and Thameslink station and as part of the project, 12 new charging points have also been installed at Haywards Heath train station.
These locations were chosen as a result of a heat-mapping exercise conducted by the rail operator, which revealed EV ownership and sales ‘hot spots’ around the UK. With an increasing number of people switching to electric vehicles, Govia Thameslink Railway is responding to local demand by providing greater access to charging infrastructure. The new charging points are in addition to the existing 114 in place across the GTR network, which have all undergone improvements as part of the project.
“We’re delighted to officially unveil our new EV charging hub at Hatfield station” said Tom Moran, Managing Director for Thameslink and Great Northern. “This is part of a much wider programme of works to improve station facilities at every station across the GTR network and give a better experience to our passengers. We have over 1,000 improvement projects happening across our network and many will help improve the sustainability of our stations, especially as our local communities seek out options for the greenest forms of travel.”
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps added that the Government is taking great strides towards its goal of having one of the best electric vehicle infrastructure networks in the world and that this means a network for current and future electric vehicle drivers that is affordable, reliable, accessible and secure.