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Government investment in the region’s rail network


It’s positive to see investment in the region’s rail network with the reopening of Horden station and funding to develop the plans to improve Darlington and Middlesbrough stations.

The reopening of Horden station will allow east Durham to be better connected to the rest of the region via the Durham coast route with stops including Newcastle, Sunderland, Hartlepool, Stockton and Middlesbrough.

The funding to develop proposals at Middlesbrough station is also a positive step towards investment in the redevelopment of the station with plans for a lengthened platform to provide capacity for the longer intercity routes and an extra platform to allow for more frequent services around Tees Valley. There is also funding for to develop major plans for enhancements at Darlington station including two new local platforms and a new platform for longer distance trains.

As a Chamber we have been campaigning for investment the North East’s rail network and have been working with Tees Valley Combined Authority around their plans for Darlington and Middlesbrough stations. This funding is a welcome step in the development of these plans to improve connectivity for the Tees Valley and we will continue to campaign to ensure that the Government invests in the North East’s infrastructure as part of its levelling up agenda.

Full details of the announcement here: