Logistics and Infrastructure
Tees Valley combines competitive land, property and labour costs with a wide range of financial support and assistance. Organisations like Tees Valley Combined Authority, Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership and Tees Valley Business Compass offer businesses looking to locate to the area assistance through grants. They also offer practical support and advice to make sure businesses have access to the range of help and funding on offer.
We have fast flowing roads, excellent rail connections, three international airports on the doorstep and one of the UK’s largest ports, making Tees Valley easy to get to and around and an ideal location for your business.
The A1(M) and A19 provide north-south links, and the A66 goes east to west, so Tees Valley is well connected to other major manufacturing centres and sea ports. The road network is uncongested, and has some of the fastest flowing traffic in the country, something which enables average commuting times of just 22 minutes.
As well as excellent road links, we offer a rail network that provides both passenger and freight connections, with direct routes to London and other major cities. Darlington’s railway station is part of the main East Coast rail network and provides rail connections southwards to London and northwards to Glasgow and Edinburgh in a little over two hours
Situated right in the heart of the area is the Durham Tees Valley airport, which has flights to UK destinations and Schiphol, Amsterdam. Within a 50 mile radius there are two more international airports in Newcastle and Leeds Bradford.
PD Ports owns and operates the ports of Tees and Hartlepool (known as Teesport), a major deep-sea complex at the heart of the industrial Tees Valley. It’s the UK’s third largest port, covering 200 hectares along the southern bank of the River Tees. At its heart is Tees Dock, a deep-water facility some five miles from the sea. Teesport handles more than 5,000 ships a year and is strongly associated with petrochemicals, manufacturing and engineering. The estate is rail-connected and has excellent links to the main trunk road network via the A66 and A19.
Because of our first class infrastructure, many companies have already chosen to locate in the area, with hundreds of world-class OEMs and leading tier-one suppliers already taking advantage of what is on offer in Tees Valley. Major engineering and manufacturing companies in Tees Valley already export their products around the world with our excellent infrastructure. This means that there is a ready supply chain to meet the demands for businesses operating in our key sectors.