Charge while you travel with new electric vehicle charging points at Network Rail stations: EV charging point at Leeds- Credit: Compleo

Thursday 7 Jul 2022

Charge while you travel with new electric vehicle charging points at Network Rail stations

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Rail passengers with electric vehicles will be able to charge while they travel thanks to the introduction of 450 new electric vehicle charging points at Network Rail-managed car parks at railway stations.

The charging points, powered by guaranteed renewable energy, provide enough power to fully charge a vehicle in as little as 3-4 hours.  

In this phase, Network Rail has powered: 160 charging points in Reading, 111 in Manchester, 84 in Edinburgh, 56 at Leeds and 41 in Welwyn Garden City.

Electric vehicle charging points will be installed across 10% of car parking spaces (approximately 779 spaces) at car parks managed by Network Rail by March 2024.

Rail is already the leading form of green public transport and this marks another milestone in Network Rail’s commitment to a low-emission railway – making sure rail is environmentally-friendly, resilient to climate change and able to provide an excellent service for years to come.

The new Compleo charging points are marked with green parking bays and passengers can pay for what they need quickly and easily via the APCOA Connect app. 

Jo Lewington, Network Rail’s Chief Environment & Sustainability Officer, said: “As part of our wider Environmental Sustainability Strategy, we’re working towards delivering a low-emission railway and aiming to reach net-zero emissions by 2045 in Scotland and by 2050 in the rest of Britain.

“Supporting the move to electric vehicles is a key part of that. We hope that by providing affordable, efficient and reliable charging points we can encourage more electric vehicles onto the road and help promote healthier air in and around our stations.”

Mark Tarry, Network Rail’s Supply Chain Operations Director, said: “The Decarbonisation Programme Team continues to deliver Network Rail’s decarbonisation ambitions. The team are making a real difference putting passengers first and supporting the country's net zero ambitions”.a

Kim Challis, APCOA’s Regional Managing Director for UK&I said: “We’re really pleased to have developed this solution in conjunction with Compleo to enable charging authentication and easy payment for Network Rail’s EV customers. This solution also provides a significant step towards our sustainability strategy.”


Notes to Editors

  • Network Rail’s managed car parks are run by car park specialists APCOA.
  • Network Rail manages 32 car parks in total.


For more information, please contact Michelle Clark, Head of Public Affairs, at APCOA PARKING UK ( / +44 7818 034484)

APCOA PARKING Group is Europe's leading parking operator with 50 years of industry expertise. With its 5,000 employees, the company manages more than 1.8 million individual parking spaces at over 12,000 locations in 13 European countries. These include parking spaces at city and shopping centre locations, hotels, railway stations and hospitals, and over 60 European airports, all situated in proximity of 70% of the population of APCOA’s 13 countries. With its consistent "asset light" business model, APCOA is the trusted partner who maximizes value for private and public real estate owners.

About Compleo Charging Solutions

Media enquiries: contact Clare Nicol, Head of Marketing & Communications

Compleo Charging Solutions UK is a leading supplier of cutting-edge AC and DC charging stations and high performing software services. It offers a wide range of EV charging stations for residential, public and workplace applications. Across Europe, the company has supplied more than 135,000 electric vehicle charging stations and has in excess of 200,000 points connected to its backend. Compleo Charging Solutions UK is currently working with over 100 major corporate customers, with a European team of 600 employees across Germany, Austria, Sweden and the UK. The company is proud to be a part of Compleo Charging Solutions GmbH.

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