Electric vehicle users will have more places to get a boost next year after Havering Council announced it will be installing 140 new charging points. 

Earlier this year, the council ran a consultation on fitting 68 chargers across 12 locations, including eight each at Hilldene Avenue in Harold Hill and Station Parade and Tadworth Parade, both in Elm Park. 

At the time, Daniel Douglas, the council’s transport planning officer, told the highway advisory committee that the borough’s charging infrastructure was “limited”. 

With Transport for London (TfL) data predicting Havering’s electric vehicle ownership will rise from 600 to 2,500 by 2025, he said the programme was intended to help Havering “get ahead of the game”. 

Now, the council has announced it will be installing 140 charging points, with 68 in council-owned car parks and 80 in on-street parking bays. 

While their locations are still being finalised, they are expected to be in operation from early summer 2023. 

The funding for the charging points comes from the Government’s on-street residential charging scheme, following lobbying by the council. 

Cllr Ray Morgon, leader of Havering Council, said: “We know the environmental benefits that electric vehicles can bring for our borough. 

"This includes helping to improve air quality and reducing carbon emissions. 

“This is the latest example of our commitment to reducing carbon in our borough. 

"It is in line with our adopted climate change action plan and supporting our residents in doing the same.” 

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