Portsmouth City Council has proposed new parking and electric vehicle (EV) strategies to help facilitate the creation of a cleaner, greener, and better-connected city.
Should plans be approved, a consultation will launch seeking feedback on the proposed objectives and policies, which include encouraging sustainable travel options; providing reliable and accessible EV charging; reducing traffic congestion; supporting the council’s commitment to achieve net zero by 2030, and reducing air pollution.
Development of reliable and accessible EV charging infrastructure in the city will build on work already done to introduce charging infrastructure in Portsmouth, complemented by a £3.6m grant received by the council earlier in the year from the UK government’s Local Electric Vehicle Infrastructure fund.
What’s more, the parking strategy aims to encourage residents to use their cars less within the city and gradually increase the amount of people walking, cycling, and use of public transport.
Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, cabinet member for transport at Portsmouth City Council, said: “Parking is a major issue in Portsmouth, so it’s important that we listen to our residents to develop a strategy that works for everyone.
“EV ownership is ever increasing, and we want to support this shift to encourage cleaner journeys. I look forward to discussing the plans to ensure residents, businesses and visitors all have an opportunity to have their say to help shape the future.”
Innovations and achievements in EV charging infrastructure and smart parking will be highlighted and celebrated at the second annual CiTTi Awards on 21 November 2023 at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London. Visit www.cittiawards.co.uk to learn more about this unmissable event for the UK’s transportation sector – and to book your table today!