Stockton-on-Tees Town Centre Connectivity

Closing Date: 16th August 2024

Location: Stockton-on-Tees

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Stockton-on-Tees town centre is undergoing an exciting and bold transformation including the creation of the Stockton Waterfront development which is due to be completed by the end of 2024. It is expected that the development will increase visitor numbers, attract businesses to the area and drive growth.

Stockton Town Centre also includes plans to build a new Care and Health Innovation Zone – creating a cluster of social care and health services, businesses and research, teaching and learning spaces at Teesside Business Park and the nearby Tees Marshalling Yards. This development would deliver thousands of jobs in central Stockton.

Lots of people already walk, wheel and cycle around the town, and we expect this number to grow as more people visit the area. We want to make improvements that ensure everyone can travel safely, quickly, and conveniently between the town centre, surrounding neighbourhoods and train stations.

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We know that buses can get held up travelling towards Stockton High Street from Thornaby rail station along Mandale Road and Bridge Road. This causes less reliable journeys to the town centre. Walking, wheeling, and cycling to the town centre from Stockton rail station to the north and Bowesfield Lane to the south can also feel unsafe because of busy roads.

We want your ideas on how we can improve bus journey times, reduce delays, and bring improvements for walking, wheeling, and cycling in the town centre.

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Stockton-on-Tees Town Centre Connectivity

Located on the banks of the River Tees, Stockton-on-Tees Town Centre is a popular place for visitors, students, shoppers, and workers. The town has lots of different uses and places to visit, including the historic Town Hall and Stockton Globe, and the Wellington Square Shopping Centre. The town centre also hosts various events throughout the year, including the Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF). On the opposite side of the River Tees, Teesdale Business Park is an important economic hub as the home to a variety of major employers and Stockton Riverside College. The Business Park has excellent links over the River Tees with Millennium Bridge providing walking, wheeling, and cycling links to the town centre.

Current Transport Issues

Buses are often delayed in the town centre when it is busy, making bus journeys less reliable. Walking, wheeling, and cycling routes between the town centre, Stockton Station in the north and Bowesfield Lane and the Parkfield Estate to the south, are also unattractive. There is an opportunity to help us improve bus journeys and create better routes to the town centre for pedestrians and cyclists. This will make these travel options more attractive for more people.

Look at the issues and opportunities we have identified in Stockton town centre.

We have already started to look at two potential solutions to make walking, wheeling, and cycling routes better in the area. We hope our plans will create safer, more attractive journeys and help better connect existing routes with the town centre. Please have a look at our plans on Bishopton Lane to Stockton-on-Tees Rail Station, and towards the Parkfield Estate on Bowesfield Lane.

You can view the proposals we have developed by clicking the links below.

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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. Spring/Summer 2024
Stage 3 - Specific consultations after transport plans are further developed with public feedback taken onboard.

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