Six figure boost for car charging

Published

7th September 2018

Electric vehicle owners in Dundee could be set for another boost next week as councillors are asked to approve a six-figure charging hub.

The £746,000 tender to build a new facility at Queen Street, Broughty Ferry will be considered by Dundee City Council’s city development committee on Monday.

Lynne Short committee convener said: “The contract includes electrical infrastructure, a substation, solar canopies, surfacing and other works to create another part of our ever expanding charging network.

“Our most recent charging array at Princes Street opened in July and has been popular with private and business users from day one.

“The money for this has come from grants from Transport Scotland and the UK Government’s Office of Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and who clearly recognise the good work that has already gone on in the city to encourage and support EV use.”

Specialist contractor SWARCO is recommended for the work, which is expected to start later this month and be completed by the end of the year.

While work goes on a number of spaces at the existing car park will be unavailable.

Dundee City Council

Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.

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