Mid Sussex MP welcomes new EV charging hub at Haywards Heath railway station

Mid Sussex MP Mims Davies has welcomed a new EV charging hub at Haywards Heath station.

Saturday, 26th September 2020, 3:14 pm

The hub, which features 12 charging points, forms part of a wide-ranging station improvements programme being undertaken by Govia Thameslink Railway (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.

Mrs Davies said: “I am delighted Haywards Heath was chosen as a location for this project.

Mid Sussex MP Mims Davies with Chris Fowler, customer services director for Southern. Picture: GTR

“We need to become more environmentally aware to rise and meet the challenges to preserve our local environment.

“It is great the people of Mid Sussex are embracing the new greener technology for transport and I’m pleased Govia Thameslink took the time to analyse purchasing trends and have responded to this to support both the environment and those that have bought electric or hybrid cars.

“It is a very welcome addition to one of our key local stations.”

The EV installation at Haywards Heath will see a 54 per cent increase in public EV charging devices in the Mid Sussex district, GTR said.

In partnership with Pod Point, a leading provider of EV charging infrastructure, the new charging points at Hayward Heath have been opened to meet the increasing consumer demand for electric vehicles, while also demonstrating the company’s commitment to sustainability.

Haywards Heath was chosen as a result of a heat-mapping exercise conducted by GTR, a spokesman said, which revealed EV ownership and sales ‘hot spots’ around the UK.

With an increasing number of people switching to electric vehicles, GTR said it 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.

Chris Fowler, customer services director for Southern, explained: “We’re delighted to provide new EV charging points to residents of Haywards Heath and the surrounding area.

“This is in addition to a new EV hub opened at Hatfield station and 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.”

Erik Fairbairn, founder and CEO of Pod Point, added: “We are delighted to be working with Govia Thameslink Railway on the installation of EV charging points across its network.

“Our continued partnership with GTR is making it easier for drivers to choose electric and will help accelerate adoption.

“We see the GTR EV charging hubs at Haywards Heath and Hatfield as a blueprint for EV charging across the rail industry.

“It offers connected electrified transport for all UK commuters and for the millions of drivers without off-street parking it provides a viable and convenient alternative to domestic or workplace charging.”

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