MORE than 100 electric vehicle charging bays have been added to Barnsley, with funding secured to add even more.

The council has now completed two large infrastructure programmes which have resulted in 72 public car charging bays, and a further 34 on council land.

There are 30 charging points at the Smithies Depot and four at Barnsley Crematorium.

Whilst the car parks at the Glass Works, Market Street in the town centre and Churchfields have all seen six new charging bays added.

A report states: “Further funding has been secured by South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) through the Local Electrical Vehicle Infrastructure funding and on-street residential scheme.

“The council will be awarded a share of the £8.9m awarded to SYMCA for delivery with £125,000 to be issued over the next two years to support with technical expertise and the creation of a strategy for scheme delivery.

“The council and Berneslai Homes operate 36 fully-electric vehicles and three hybrid vehicles.

“A total of 38 of these have directly replaced diesel vehicles.

“The vehicle replacement programme continues to review the fleet and will replace further diesel vehicles with electric vehicles if operationally and financially viable.”