DfT Publishes ‘Action for Roads: A network for the 21st century’

18 Jul 2013

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The UK Department for Transport (DfT) has published a new paper entitled ‘Action for Roads: A network for the 21st century’. The paper sets out the UK Government’s long-term ambition for the country’s roads both in terms of building and maintaining the network and also in ensuring the UK is a world leader in the deployment of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs).

Fuel cells and hydrogen form an integral part of this strategy, with the report stating ‘As technology develops, ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs), including pure electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell electric vehicles, will play an increasing role in the way we travel. These vehicles are now starting to come onto the market in significant numbers, and in the coming decade will become a common sight.’

On the topic of building a hydrogen refuelling infrastructure, the report adds ‘An important part of managing the road network over the next thirty years will be preparing the infrastructure for a shift to these new types of vehicle. In the years ahead there is likely to be a need for wide-reaching networks of rapid charge-points and hydrogen refuelling stations. The expansion of such infrastructure across the strategic road network will encourage consumer adoption of ULEVs. Whilst much of the investment is likely to come from the private sector, there may well be a role for government in supporting this in the early years – as demonstrated by the recent announcement of £37 million of government funding for plug-in vehicle charging infrastructure across the UK.’

It is encouraging that the DfT recognises the role governments can play in financially supporting the initial rollout of hydrogen stations; something it will be aware of due to its participation in the on-going UKH2Mobility project.

Download: Action for Roads: A network for the 21st century.


Source: GOV.UK


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