A public consultation is live on the proposed North East Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Strategy.

The proposal, building on the 2022 North East ZEV policy, aims to build a reliable, public zero-emission vehicle charging network across the region.

Development of the strategy fulfils a commitment made in the 2021-2035 North East Transport Plan, and will help deliver the five objectives.

The delivery plan sets out a list of 221 prospective sites for public chargepoints on publicly owned land as a result of an 'enabling study'.

This helped to realise the investment required into publicly available chargepoints, plugging the gaps between public chargepoints installed by the private sector and home charging facilities.

The delivery plan is a 'live pipeline' of schemes and is expected to develop over time.

Cllr Martin Gannon, Chair of the North East Joint Transport Committee, said: “I strongly encourage local people to take the opportunity to read the proposed strategy and take part in the public consultation.

"We welcome feedback which will be help us to strengthen this strategy and ensure it delivers for the North East.”

A blend of online events and drop-in sessions across Durham, Northumberland and Tyne and Wear will take place throughout the consultation period.

The public can visit www.transportnortheast.gov.uk/northeastzev to find more details.