Plans unveiled to "totally transform" Darlington station in £100m redevelopment
Plans have been revealed today for the multi-million pound redevelopment of a North East train station.
Darlington Station, in County Durham, is being redeveloped in a £100m scheme, with plans today unveiled to create new platforms, a new entrance, station building and transport interchange.
Three new platforms will be added to the east side of the station, along with a new station building and footbridge.
The scheme has been backed by the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined authority with £25m.
A formal planning application for the scheme is expected to be submitted in June this year, with works anticipated to be completed by December 2024.
Heather Scott, leader of Darlington Borough Council, said: “These are ambitious plans for an ambitious town, and I am delighted to share these now, alongside our partners. These are once in a generation changes that will help to support and drive our plans to make Darlington and the rest of the Tees Valley a place where people want to live, work and enjoy.
“The scale of works is huge and will see the areas around each side of the existing station totally transformed. It is important that our residents are able to consider what is planned and share their views.”
Ben Houchen, mayor of Tees Valley, commented: “The development of Darlington Station will be transformational for our region and is an essential part of my plan to give thousands of passengers from across Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool the faster, more frequent and better-quality services that they rightfully deserve.
“With the town set to host hundreds of staff from the Treasury and Department for International Trade, and as lockdown restrictions are lifted to allow travel for leisure as well as business, it is only right that we have a station that is fit-for-purpose with enhanced local services and links to London.
“Access to good-quality, reliable and affordable public transport is key to my plan for jobs and our recovery post-coronavirus.
“It’s pointless creating good-quality, well-paid jobs if hard working local people cannot easily get around the region.
“Increasing the frequency of services and train routes, and making the station better to use than ever, will make sure local people can take full advantage of jobs, training and education opportunities while the modern station helps attract even more investment to our area.”
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