Round-Up: Chargemaster’s M-way plan, BVRLA membership base tops 1000, Brown to leave TfL

BP Chargemaster targets motorway charging network

BP Chargemaster's first 150kW ultra-fast chargers at BP Cranford, near Heathrow (1)

BP Chargemaster is to begin installing ultra-fast charging points at motorway locations with a BP petrol station to help solve the unreliable network on motorway routes.

Ecotricity provides the charging infrastructure at motorway services, but has been criticised for the lack of maintenance and poor service.

“We know the importance of motorway locations and so this year we will have the first forecourt-based motorway locations,” BP Chargemaster COO Dave Newton told Company Car Today.

“The way some agreements are structured means we can’t access service stations, but we can access some where we have BP forecourts. It will hopefully breed confidence about motorway charging and potentially encourage competitors to do the same to create a good network.

BVRLA membership base tops four-figures

Gerry Keaney, BVRLA

Gerry Keaney, BVRLA

The number of BVRLA members has topped more than a thousand following Royal Mail, Centrica and British Telecom’s Open Reach joining the organisation’s membership.

BVRLA Chief Executive Gerry Keaney said: “We have reached a number of milestones this year, attracting record numbers of parliamentarians to our summer reception, delivering a greater number of opportunities for members to get involved with the association and expanding the diversity of our membership by introducing the new Fleet Operator category. Reaching the one thousand membership milestone marks another great achievement for the association and I am proud of everybody in the BVRLA family who works tirelessly to support members and protect the interests of our sector.”

Mike Brown to leave TfL

Mike Brown TfL

Mike Brown, Transport for London’s commissioner, is to leave the organisation at the end of the current mayoral term.

Brown has served as TfL’s most senior member of staff since 2015 and has been in charge of delivering the mayor’s Transport Strategy.

He will be leaving the organisation to take up the role of chair of the Delivery Authority for the Restoration & Renewal of the Houses of Parliament.

Every day, thousands of unsung women and men go to work to keep London moving and to make this city better, cleaner and safer for everyone. I am inspired by them and I will miss them, but it’s the right time for me to move on to a new challenge after more than 30 years in the transport industry and what will have been nearly five years as Commissioner,” he said.