ScotRail, the Scottish train operator, is set to implement charges at all charging points within its parking network starting January 8, 2024. The move is aimed at dissuading non-rail users from occupying the charging locations, a recurring concern raised by ScotRail customers. Additionally, the provision of free charging at ScotRail stations currently incurs an annual cost of approximately £700,000 for the train operator.
The new fee structure will entail a charge of 43 pence per kilowatt hour, a rate comparable to that of most local authorities, according to ScotRail. The operator clarifies that these charges are intended to assist in recuperating the operational expenses associated with the charging points, ultimately benefiting the taxpayer.
ScotRail's parking network encompasses 60 locations with a total of 80 charging stations, constituting 168 charge points delivering 22 kW. This constitutes nearly one-third of all 158 ScotRail stations equipped with car park electric vehicle (EV) chargers, with images from previous reports showcasing charge columns from eVolt.
In addition to the per-kilowatt-hour charge, a fixed overstay payment of £12 per 12 hours will be instituted. Customers facing overstay situations due to train delays will be eligible for a refund. Standard parking fees will continue to be applicable.
David Lister, ScotRail Director of Safety, Engineering, and Sustainability, noted, “One of the main complaints we receive is that the charging points at our car parks are currently being blocked by vehicles overstaying, and the tariff from January 8, 2024, will help to remove that issue.”
ScotRail's EV charging points can be accessed through ChargePlace Scotland's website or app. ChargePlace Scotland, the Scottish Government's National Electric Vehicle charging network, allows users to register free of charge, promoting accessibility and convenience for EV users.