City bid for electric cars

An electric car being recharged. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
An electric car being recharged. Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Electric cars could become a common sight in Lancaster if a bid to win thousands of pounds in government funding is successful.

Lancashire County Council has set the wheels in motion to encourage use of ultra-low emission vehicles by providing infrastructure such as charging points and a range of incentives for individuals and companies to take up the technology.

The county council has entered the initial ‘screening’ phase of a Department for Transport funding round with a bid based on making Lancaster an exemplar city for adoption of low emission vehicles. If feedback from the government is positive the county council could develop the bid and apply for funding.

County Coun John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “It’s very early days and, if accepted, our initial bid would need to be fully developed.

“However, we believe that Lancaster, which has a strong track record of delivering green transport initiatives and suffers from air quality and noise problems due to city centre congestion, is ideally suited to become an exemplar for use of low emissions vehicles.”

The Go Ultra Low City scheme for Lancaster could include introducing electric buses and taxis, preferential parking for low emissions vehicles, and providing charging points in Lancaster and places with strong connections to Lancaster such as Preston.

Coun Tim Hamilton-Cox, Lancaster City Council cabinet member with responsibility for air quality and climate change, said: “News that Lancaster is to be entered into the bidding process to develop the city as a Go Low Ultra City is welcome.

“Funding to provide incentives which might encourage businesses and residents to switch to ultra-low emission vehicles would be a great step forward in reducing noise and air pollution caused by traffic congestion problems in Lancaster’s city centre.”