Councillor Peter Roberts, the Labour run City Council’s Executive Councillor for Environmental Services and the City Centre, has welcomed the news that Cambridge has been awarded £426,000 from the Department of Transport to install new dedicated electric charging points for taxis.
Councillor Roberts said: “ I am delighted that our bid to the Department of Transport for the funding for dedicated electric charging points was successful. Since we took control of the Council in 2014. we have been committed doing everything within our power to reduce emissions and improve the city’s air quality and this successful bid is a vindication of the strong measures we have already taken.
Those measures include moving our fleet towards electric powered equivalents and investing our own funding in additional electric vehicle rapid charge points to support the increased uptake of electric vehicles in Cambridge. We are planning for charge points to be installed at busy locations across the city such as Addenbrookes and Cambridge Railway Station. Alongside this we have introduced a low emission taxi policy and invested in an additional air quality support officer.”
Councillor Roberts added: “ We will continue to work pro-actively with other councils and partners such as the City Deal to tackle air pollution in the City.”