For the first time in 31 years a new direct train service has been launched between Middlesbrough and London.
The new daily weekday service will provide greater opportunities for the people of Teesside.
This follows on from the Government’s pledge to invest £96bn in the railways as a way of levelling up the nation.
The service will run Monday to Friday in each direction and will also connect Thornaby directly with London King’s Cross in around three hours.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps spoke on how the new service shows the Government’s commitment to levelling up the nation.
Mr Shapps said: “The railways are the backbone of this country.
“I’m delighted we’re establishing a direct service between Middlesbrough and London for the first time in more than three decades.
“Not only will this world-class service provide green benefits, but it will also give the people of Teesside better connections for work, help bring loved ones together, and drive tourism to this fantastic region.
“This follows our ambitious Integrated Rail Plan which is building a better rail network that benefits everyone.”
The service is run by London North Eastern Railway (LNER) and will see passengers travel on the operators Azuma trains.
This will offer environmental benefits as the services will run on electric wires between London and North Yorkshire.
From there the trains will switch to diesel whilst travelling to Middlesbrough.
More services are also being introduced across the North and Scotland.
Northern are adding more services by increasing the York to Harrogate service from a hourly service to a half hourly service.
TransPennine Express for Transport Scotland is also adding a new 5 services between Newcastle and Edinburgh serving Northumberland and the Scottish Borders.
This is all aimed at helping the rail network build back better from the pandemic.