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Tees Valley set for multi-million-pound rail investment

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen has today revealed that the rail network in the region is set to benefit from part of a £310m transport fund.

Line speed and capacity improvements are set to be made as part of the investment with stations in the region also set to benefit.

Stations throughout all the regions boroughs will receive a share of the £86.5m investment including Darlington, Eaglescliffe, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Billingham stations.

South Bank and British Steel Redcar stations at Teesworks will also be enhanced with transport links to the stations also being improved.

Part-funding will also be made to resolve issues between Eaglescliffe and Northallerton where low bridges restrict the size of freight on the line.

This follows on from the recent announcement that planning approval has been granted to allow for the £34m redevelopment of Middlesbrough station.

Mayor Houchen spoke on the plans that have been announced to help revolutionise the rail network in the Tees Valley region.

Mayor Houchen said: “In October we were able to secure £310million from the Government, the biggest ever pot of money secured for local transport priorities.

“The sweeping investments will touch on every corner of Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool and mean local people have the good-quality transport they rightfully deserve.

“With 2022 our year of construction, work is ramping up on the Teesworks site.

“It’s vital that we invest in the infrastructure there now so that it has the best transport links possible.

“When taken together, these schemes will go a long way in futureproofing our transport network.”

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