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It’s electrifying: Lanark train station set for free car charging facilities

Passengers will be able to charge their car for free in the near future. Photo: ScotRail

ScotRail has announced that Lanark is one of 50 train stations across Scotland that will soon benefit from free electric vehicle charging facilities.

The first of the chargers are now live, with the remainder set to follow over the coming weeks.

The Royal Burgh station is one of just three ScotRail stops in South Lanarkshire earmarked for the initiative, alongside East Kilbride and Uddingston.

A complete charge from the 22kW supply will typically take around four hours, twice as fast as ‘plugging-in’ at home.

Electric vehicle registrations in Scotland are up 62% on this time last year, with 1,390 rechargeable electric vehicles registered between 1 January and 4 September, according to the Society of Motor Manufactures and Traders.

Ian McConnell, ScotRail programmes and transformation director, believes that the chargers will be welcomed by passengers.

He said: “We’re building the best railway Scotland has ever had, and improved facilities for customers at our stations is a huge part of this.

“These additions to our car parks, combined with longer trains, more seats and better services, will all help us to achieve our aim of reducing the carbon footprint from door to door.”