Ben Houchen, mayor of Tees Valley
Chloe Shakesby

Government backs Middlesbrough Station development plans with £9.65m funding

Plans to redevelop a North East station have been backed by the government with a multi-million pound commitment.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen’s plans to redevelop Middlesbrough Station and construct a new entrance to the TeesWorks site have been given full backing thanks to a multi-million pound commitment from the government.

A total of £9.65m has been earmarked through the Getting Britain Building Fund towards the Mayor’s £35m redevelopment of Middlesbrough Station.

This includes part-funding the extension of an existing platform to allow it to accommodate longer trains, alongside the construction of commercial floorspace.

This ensures the whole project is now fully funded and will allow for increased services, including a direct London train by the end of 2021, allowing the region to be better connected to the capital than ever before.

Mayor Houchen said: “This is another vital commitment from government in its levelling up agenda, proving that our region won’t be left behind and we are getting the attention we deserve.

“As we seek to rebuild our economy following the coronavirus pandemic, and also help lead the way for the rest of the UK, we need to unlock these projects and capitalise on new opportunities quicker than ever, and this cash will give us the means to do that.

“The very reason I’ve secured this £17.4m funding is because these schemes are ready to go, and will create a huge and direct impact across our region.

“This final funding for the Middlesbrough station redevelopment will sit alongside the money I have already pledged to the scheme and ensures this project is now fully funded.

“This means we can get on with increasing the frequency of services and train routes and introduce the first services between London and Middlesbrough in decades – a key part in attracting investment in the region and my plan for jobs.”

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