Darlington 2025 positions Darlington as a crucial part of the new HS2 network, able to accommodate new high speed trains once they join the East Coast Main Line. It sets out new plans for the reconfiguration of the rail infrastructure around the station, to unlock improvements to local rail services, leading to faster, more frequent and better quality services across the Tees Valley, County Durham and North Yorkshire, and better freight connections from Teesport.
This ambitious programme captures the pioneering spirit shown nearly 200 years ago, when the Stockton-Darlington Railway first ushered in the age of rail passenger transport. In the last 4 years the town has seen nearly £200 million of investment within ten minutes walk of the station including the National Biologics Centre, Business Central and the Feethams leisure development. By 2025, Darlington should be able to celebrate the future of a modern rail hub for a modern economy, as well as the great historical significance of the 200th anniversary and will be a catalyst to wider regeneration opportunities.
The improvements will see:
The improvements will also see benefits to the wider Tees Valley area, including;
A sharp increase in demand for rail services is expected by 2020 and in 20 years demand is expected to double.
The current rail infrastructure will not cope and improvements must be made in time for HS2. We say do it once and do it now
This is an opportunity to showcase to visitors from across the world the continued ambition and ingenuity that has placed Darlington and Tees Valley at the heart of industrial Britain.
Darlington 2025 will see rail links to Tees Valley transformed by a multi-million pound Darlington station redevelopment, enabling connections with future high speed services and new dedicated local service platforms.
A £150million investment will position the town as a crucial part of the new HS2 network, able to accommodate new high speed trains once they join the East Coast Main Line and sets out new plans to reconfigure local rail infrastructure.
In addition, the project also includes plans for new commercial, residential and retail developments that will make the most of the advantages created by fast, direct trains to London, Edinburgh, Leeds and Newcastle creating a modern hub for a modern economy.
Delivered by Darlington Council and Tees Valley Combined Authority, Darlington 2025 will maximise the economic potential of the Tees Valley, secure investment and create jobs. It offers a once in a lifetime chance to rebalance the national economy and transform rail travel across the country.
Darlington 2025 will mean better access to national routes; better connections within Tees Valley and will honour the heritage that saw Darlington at the forefront of rail travel to the rest of the world.
Darlington is known far and wide as the birthplace of the passenger railway. In 2025 we will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the modern passenger railway when, on September 27th 1825, George Stephenson’s locomotion number one left Darlington for Stockton.
Darlington station was built in 1887 and the town continued to grow and thrive around it. When the Victorians built stations, they saw them as statements of civic pride and a place where people and trade come together – that’s still true today.
The Darlington Station Growth Hub project will keep Darlington at the forefront of modern travel with the benefits rippling out across the wider Tees Valley, the North East, North Yorkshire and UK.
This will be in addition to what has already been delivered at Feethams leisure complex, the CPI national Biologics Centre, Business Central and Central Park Science and Enterprise Park.
It is now time for Darlington to secure its place in the future of rail transport for future generations.