Mayor's Message


As the summer holidays are now drawing to a close, it should be no surprise that Teesside Airport has been at the top of the agenda during August.

New figures this past month have shown that our airport has seen its busiest month for a decade, with more than 25,500 people passing through in June, and almost 25,000 using the hub in July. We’re well and truly heading in the right direction.

Not just with passenger flights, though, as the airport has also been successful in securing funding in Government’s second phase of its hydrogen transport trial. This will see a full-time hydrogen refuelling station installed on the site ready to serve vehicles working there, and others as part of the trial.

Elsewhere, we’re recognising our past as we look to the future as the first artefacts from the former SSI Steelworks Site were delivered to Kirkleatham Museum by the Teesworks Heritage Taskforce. We’re also pressing on with the development of the huge watercourse at the site too.

In Darlington, new images have further revealed our bold ambitions for the £150million station redevelopment. While in Middlesbrough the results of our investment is being seen as more than 500 staff at AXA have moved into Six Centre Square – our brand new office development in the centre of the town.

Now it’s back to work as September promises to be another bumper month of news.

Ben Houchen
Tees Valley Mayor

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