Middlesbrough Eastern Connectivity: Town Centre to South Bank, Berwick Hills and Ormesby

Closing Date: 16th August 2024

Location: Middlesbrough

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Buses are often delayed at junctions along the route to Ormesby due to traffic and congestion. This means journeys can take longer than they should. There is an opportunity to provide bus priority improvements and better routes for walking, wheeling, and cycling. This will provide high quality transport options for more people.

We want your ideas on how we can improve bus journey times, reduce delays, and improve walking, wheeling, and cycling in the area.

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Middlesbrough town centre has a mix of destinations for shoppers, students, workers, and visitors, such as, Middlesbrough Rail Station, Middlesbrough College, and Teesside University. Other popular destinations are the Cleveland Shopping Centre, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Arts (MIMA), and the Town Hall.

South Bank is a residential and employment town which is linked to Middlesbrough town centre by the A66 and the A1085 trunk roads. The residential area of Ormesby is further south and is accessed from Middlesbrough via either Cargo Fleet Lane, the Marton Road (A172) or Ormesby Road, which passes through Berwick Hills. Lots of people live, work and access education in this area, which leads to a significant amount of traffic. Popular destinations include:

  • Morrisons supermarket
  • Cleveland Retail Park
  • Berwick Hills Centre
  • The Neptune Centre
  • The Unity City Academy
  • Ormesby Hall
Current issues getting to/from South Bank, Berwick Hills and Ormesby

We know that buses are often held up when travelling through these areas during busy periods, which causes long and less reliable journeys for bus users. Walking, wheeling, and cycling along Longlands Road can also be unappealing due to high levels of traffic. We want to make journeys more reliable for people using the bus and safer and more enjoyable for people walking, wheeling, and cycling.

Longlands Road is a route which connects Middlesbrough town centre to Ormesby and Redcar and Cleveland. Due to the volume of vehicle traffic and no continuous paths for walking, wheeling, and cycling, people may feel unsafe.

By slowing traffic and reviewing bus priority on and around Longlands Road, we want to keep traffic flowing and find ways to give buses priority and better connect to Middlesbrough town centre, especially during congested times. We also want to make it more attractive for more people to walk, wheel and cycle.

Take a look at the issues and opportunities we have found on this route by clicking below. We have already looked at a potential solution to improve the walking, wheeling, and cycling routes between Middlesbrough, Ormesby and South Bank along Longlands Road. Let us know what you think of our plans.

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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.

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