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Southern goes electric – car park users to plug in while they take the train

Date: 18 Mar 2015

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 across the Southern network at a cost of £375,000 funded by 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 provision of EVCPs at stations supports Southern’s strategy to encourage more sustainable travel. EVCPs at our 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!”

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 in the Brighton area which are 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. There are now over 6000 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. Overall, we are currently recycling 85% of our station waste.

Sandra added: “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.”

EVCPs have been installed at:

  • Purley (two charging points)
  • South Croydon (one)
  • Coulsdon South (one)
  • Whyteleafe (one)
  • Norbury (one)
  • East Grinstead (three)
  • Dorking (four)
  • Redhill (three)
  • Eastbourne (three)
  • Brighton (three)

Planned for installation:

  • Three Bridges (five)
  • Horsham (two)
  • Ashtead (two)
  • Lingfield (two)
  • Crawley (three)
  • Crowborough (two)
  • Ham Street (one)
  • Hove (two)
  • Chichester (three)
  • Barnham (two)
  • Hassocks (two)
  • Arundel (one)
  • Rye (one)