Hartlepool Town Centre Connectivity

Closing Date: 31st December 2024

Location: Hartlepool

Travel

Buses are sometimes delayed in Hartlepool Town Centre, making journeys longer. There is an opportunity to provide improvements for buses and people walking, wheeling, and cycling. We want your ideas on how we can improve bus journey times, reduce delays, and improve walking, wheeling, and cycling in the area.

Vision for Hartlepool

Hartlepool is a coastal town with a diverse economy. The town centre is an important destination for shoppers, workers, and visitors.

Popular locations include:

  • Hartlepool Marina
  • Hartlepool Train Station
  • Hartlepool College of Further Education
  • Middleton Grange Shopping Centre
  • The National Museum of the Royal Navy

There is lots of investment going on in Hartlepool town centre to help regenerate the area and encourage economic growth. This includes £25 million received in 2021 through the Government’s Town Deal which is funding various projects in the town centre including the Waterfront Connectivity Project, Re-imagining Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, and restoring the former Wesley Chapel. Hartlepool Borough Council has also been awarded money from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund to create a Production Village in the Lynn Street and Whitby Street area of the town centre. These projects will create jobs and other opportunities in the town centre, as well as increasing visitor numbers.

These improvements could encourage more people to travel in Hartlepool town centre. This means the roads will get busier and traffic could worsen. Tees Valley Combined Authority, in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council, want to deliver improvements to help support this growth and enable quicker, safer and more reliable journeys. In addition, the Hartlepool Development Corporation has set out a masterplan on revitalising the town centre, Oakesway Business Park and Queens Meadow Business Park.

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We know there are issues on busy roads and at junctions in the town centre where lots of traffic can build up. Buses get caught in this causing longer and unreliable bus journeys for passengers.

For walkers, wheelers, and cyclists there is not a clear and direct path between Hartlepool Town Centre and the Waterfront. In some areas, cyclists must share the road space with other vehicles. There are lots of busy roads near the town centre and a lack of safe crossing facilities for people walking, wheeling, and cycling. This causes safety concerns and makes cycling less attractive. Hartlepool Borough Council have developed ideas on how to improve this route and connect it to the existing path leading towards Seaton Carew.

Improvements for walkers, wheelers, cyclists, and bus users would also complement other improvements in Hartlepool town centre, including the Hartlepool Station Redevelopment & Hartlepool Pedestrian Connectivity improvements scheme.

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Timeline

Stage 1 - Sharing ambitions and vision for transport improvements across Tees Valley. Summer 2023
Stage 2 - Public engagement looking at key issues and opportunities around potential transport solutions. Summer 2024
Stage 3 - Specific consultations after transport plans are further developed with public feedback taken onboard. Later in 2024/25

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