Tees Valley Combined Authority has ambitious plans to grow the local economy. Over the next 10 years we want to create 25,000 new jobs and build 22,000 new homes.
For all of this to happen we need a world-class transport system. Transformational improvements to the road network are critical to help us achieve our vision to provide a high quality, quick, affordable, reliable, low carbon and safe transport network for people and freight to move within, to and from the Tees Valley.
The proposed Portrack Relief Road is a new road link located in Stockton-on-Tees.
The proposed Portrack Relief Road has been identified by TVCA as a Key Route Network (KRN) scheme in the Tees Valley Strategic Transport Plan 2020-2030 (2020) and Tees Valley Roads Implementation Plan (2020) as set out in Section 5 of this Report.
The proposed scheme would see the creation of a 1.3km highway link running parallel to Portrack Lane, by utilising the former Billingham Beck branch railway between Marston Road and the A1032 Newport Bridge Approach Road.
What are we proposing?
The scheme is situated on the northern edge of the Portrack Marsh Nature Reserve and Portrack Meadow.
The route would generally follow the southern boundary of the Portrack Industrial Estate, under the A19 Tees Flyover and connect onto the A1032 Newport Bridge Approach Road. From the west the scheme would link into Marston Road.
The road will provide single carriage vehicle highway and segregated footway for pedestrian and non-motorised users, such as cyclists.
The Combined Authority is committed to supporting all road users, and active modes are regarded as an essential element of the Tees Valley’s transport system. As the corridor is developed it’s important that the walking and cycling provision is expanded to ensure that residents and visitors to the region have active modes as a transport choice. The proposed improvements will reduce congestion, encourage inward investment into the region and provide sustainable active transport options to the residents and visitors.
The corridor improvements will support our aspiration to grow the Tees Valley economy by alleviating congestion and providing capacity for future investment.
The improvements will:
■ Relieve congestion on Portrack Lane and at the heavily congested A19 Portrack Interchange
■ Support the economic growth objectives of the Northern Powerhouse and Tees Valley City Region
■ Unlock development potential in the region through the provision of additional road capacity and improved journey time reliability
■ Provide improved accessibility for cyclists and pedestrians in the Portrack area
■ Improve the attractiveness of the area to inward investors and visitors
■ Improve the resilience of the network and, therefore, reduce the negative impact of events such as roadworks and adverse weather.
Work is on-going to finalise the scheme design and budget estimate and there will then be a decision on releasing the funding needed for delivery
More information on how you can feedback on our plans will be available shortly.