M6: Motorway Service Areas

Department for Transport written question – answered on 9th January 2019.

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Photo of Alan Brown Alan Brown Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of the (a) inspection regime, (b) repair turnaround period and (c) availability of fast chargers provided by M6 motorway service stations.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

This UK has one of the best electric vehicle infrastructure networks in the world. As part of this, Highways England are investing £15m to ensure that there is a rapid chargepoint every 20 miles along 95% of the strategic road network.

Motorway service areas have commercial agreements with chargepoint providers, to which the Government is not a party. The Automated and Electric Vehicles Act gives the Government powers to require the installation of chargepoints at motorway service areas, and to set reliability and maintenance standards for public chargepoints. The Government will continue to monitor market developments and will consider using these powers if the market does not deliver.

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