ENW investment will speed up arrival of electric ferry in Windermere

Network operator Electricity North West will begin £1 million worth of upgrade work next month – creating capacity to enable the installation of Windermere’s first electric ferry along with new electric vehicle charging points.

John Wilkinson, who is overseeing the work for Electricity North West, said: “This project has been in planning for several months we can now confirm a start date to help keep businesses and residents informed about the work. The work we’re carrying out is a major upgrade which will lead to the first ever electric ferry being installed in Cumbria.

“This major investment in the town will not only allow for the electric ferry to function, but also create opportunities for charging points to be installed in Windermere.”

Electricity North West has worked alongside Cumbria County Council and Cumbria Tourism planning the project which will start on 3 October.

Councillor Keith Little, Cumbria County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport added: “I’m delighted to hear that funding has been secured and work is planned to start in the coming weeks on this major electricity upgrade in Windermere. Our plans for the brand-new electric Windermere Ferry relies on this infrastructure being in place. The enhanced provision of electric vehicle charging points in this high tourist area will also be of great benefit to visitors and locals alike.”

Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism, Gill Haigh, said: “The development of Windermere’s first electric ferry is very welcome. Along with the benefits of potential new electric charging points in several car parks, this will be crucial in supporting future business and tourism, as well as supporting Cumbria’s wider ambitions as a sustainable visitor destination.”

Image courtesy of Electricity North West.

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