A LOCAL MP is celebrating the success of electric Vehicle charge points that have been installed around Britain.

Hexham MP Guy Opperman has welcomed the news that the government has installed 50,000 Electric Vehicle charge points across the UK since 2019. 

According to the recent data published by the Office for National Statistics, it shows that the number of EV charge points in the UK has more than trebled in the space of 4 years, with the number increasing from 15,116 in October 2019 to 49,220 in October 2023. 

The UK has seen the largest ever sustained growth in EV infrastructure following the Government's commitment of £1.6 billion to invest in a network of 300,000 EV charge points by 2030.

Hexham MP, Guy Opperman, said:"Reaching this important milestone ensures that we are well on the way to leaving the planet to our children in a much better state.  

"I am proud that we are playing our part locally. Conservative-led Northumberland County Council has an ambitious target of reaching net-zero by 2030, and as part of this drive, it has nearly doubled its provision of electric vehicle charge points since 2019. 

"I have seen for myself the difference EV technology makes to local communities, whether through providing more green jobs, boosting tourism, or ensuring a much higher quality of the air we all breathe. This is fantastic news for everyone." 

In Tynedale, there have been several charges installed in Hexham Wentworth car park, Prudhoe, Corbridge, Bellingham, Ponteland and other locations in the district area.