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.
The freight sector is a key enabler in terms of investment, jobs and economic wellbeing. There are 1300 logistics enterprises across Tees Valley employing 16,500 people. Tees Valley is an important link in the nation’s supply chain, providing an international gateway for the movement of goods in and out of the country and a key hub for the transport of domestic freight. We are proud to have England’s largest exporting port as part of our transport infrastructure, an international airport, a vast pipeline network and road and rail routes which give the area good access to national and international transport links
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.
Port facilities on the River Tees and Hartlepool are a major asset, offering ten miles of operational river, over eighty lock-free berths and the deepest facilities on the East Coast. This provides an important competitive edge over most other UK ports, particularly with respect to major investment projects requiring access to global markets. Facilities are operated by around thirty different companies and split almost equally between the north and south of the River, offering excellent links to the main road and rail networks. The Tees is the only port in the north of England with existing intermodal rail services operating directly from quayside facilities providing for the transport of containers to Scotland and other deep-sea ports in the south of England.
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.