Work is due to begin on creating the concept of park & charge in Oxfordshire.

Twelve charging bays are to be built at Bicester Cattle Market where residents can park their electric vehicles overnight to charge them.

The scheme, which will be extended to a further 23 car parks in the county, is a £5.2 million project to allow people to charge their vehicles if they cannot do so at home.

All six Oxfordshire councils along with SSE Enterprise, Urban Integrated UK and the University of Oxford are behind the scheme.

Cllr Yvonne Constance, Oxfordshire County Council’s cabinet member for environment, said: “From a climate emergency and air quality point of view, electric vehicles are the future of motoring. Many people want to switch to them but are put off by the difficulties involved in charging them if they don’t have off-street parking.

“That is why we are so excited by the park and charge project and the opportunity it will give so many people around the county to go electric.

“We are committed to going carbon neutral as an authority by 2030 and this is helping the county, as a whole, to go zero-carbon by 2050. Innovative schemes like this one, will help create the infrastructure that will make it easier for people to make changes to their lifestyles.”

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