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Senedd Member calls for canal charging points to drive electric boats

20 Sep 2021 2 minutes Read
Janet Finch-Saunders MS

A Senedd Member has called on the Welsh Government to undertake a review of how to support the implementation of shore-side and canal towpath charging points for electric boats.

Conservative Janet Finch-Saunders raised the issue as Plymouth is set to become the first city in the UK to install a network of shore-side charging facilities for its fleet of electric maritime vessels.

During the past year, the city has also become home to the UK’s first marine electric passenger ferry and an electric water taxi.

“Will the Minister confirm what conversations the Welsh Government has undertaken to review how best to encourage the implementation of shore-side and canal tow-path charging points?” Janet Finch-Saunders asked in the Senedd.

She added that a lack of access to charging infrastructure along our shoreline and towpaths remained a major barrier to growth in what she called an “emerging sector”.

“We know that moving certain heavy goods by water keeps lorries off our roads and helps to reduce our carbon emissions,” she said.

“Our canals and rivers currently host around 600,000 tonnes of freight a year. This number is increasing meaning that the potential for clean maritime transport is something that we should tap into.

“Our canals and riverways are also a most important draw for tourists, helping to encourage active travel, as well as providing visitors with a corridor to connect with our green and open spaces.

“If Wales can be at the forefront of pushing sustainable, electric-based travel along these waterways than the long-term payoff for neighbouring businesses could be considerable.

“It is essential that the Welsh Government does not travel against the current on this. Works undertaken in Plymouth has furthered the city’s reputation as a centre of excellence in clean maritime innovation.

“With a firm rock-bed of research excellence to build on here, implementing a similar plan for the future could really make waves for Wales.”

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GW Atkinson
GW Atkinson
1 month ago

More free sh1t for the rich while crapping on the rest of us. So out of touch with reality its embarrassing.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

I believe the fishermen of Lake Victoria in Kenya have got a head start on us but what a great idea. Llyn Tegid and Llyn Trawsfynydd are you electrifying too ?

Vote Tory, get Cr*pped on
Vote Tory, get Cr*pped on
1 month ago

The sheer bare face cheek of Janet’ multiple landlord’ finch-saunders to ask for electric charging points for boats, to ask the welsh taxpayer to subsidise the rich who enjoy messing about on the water, how the hell did Aberconwy lose it’s collective mind and vote this terrible person in, has the water supply in Conwy and Llandudno being spiked with tory kool- aid, or is it that some many anglo settlers/ colonisers want to emulate her in their avarice.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

I have been messing about on boats since I was a kid and nobody would call me rich.

Electric boats are a great idea, no petrol or two stroke pollution in harbours, rivers or lakes and no danger from explosion or fires…

Alun
Alun
1 month ago

I realise she’s a Tory and we’re supposed to hate everything she says and all that but she raises a perfectly reasonable point. Hiring a narrowboat for a few days costs less than holidaying abroad. If you go along the Llangollen canal you’ll find quite a few people living in them as their only home because they can’t afford a house. The point is we’ve got to green all types of transport, waterborne included, and we need the infrastructure putting in.

Grayham Jones
1 month ago

Yes as long as they are run from wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 all the profits come back into Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 we in wales have got to stop being little Englanders and and be proud to be welsh it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 A Free Wales

Llewelyn
Llewelyn
1 month ago
Reply to  Grayham Jones

All profits in North Wales, should stay in North Wales! Annibynieth I Gogledd cymru!!

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