Have Your Say on Major Transport Upgrade Plans

Tees Valley Combined Authority | Published on: 9th July 2024

Local people are being urged to give their views on transport proposals aimed at boosting connectivity and road safety across the region.

Improvements are being proposed along 21 locations in, out and around our five town centres to make travel smoother and better for people using buses or walking, wheeling, or cycling.

The proposed projects are in various stages of development and public feedback will be considered before any final decision is made.

To find out more about the proposals, members of the public can visit a new Tees Valley transport consultations page.

The consultation includes a week of in-person events, starting in Redcar on Friday 12 July and ending in Darlington on 19 July:

  • Friday 12 July, 11am-4pm at Rediscover Redcar
  • Monday 15 July, 2-6pm at Hartlepool Community Hub Central
  • Tuesday 16 July, 2-7pm at Loftus Town Hall
  • Tuesday 16 July, 1-6pm Tees Valley Walking & Cycling Hub, Grange Road, Middlesbrough
  • Wednesday 17 July, 3-7pm Thorntree Community Centre, Middlesbrough
  • Thursday 18th July, 1-6pm Tees Valley Walking & Cycling Hub, Stockton High Street
  • Friday 19th July, 12-5pm, at The Dolphin Centre, Darlington

Five webinars will also run during this week, beginning with plans for Hartlepool, from 15 July.

The public engagements focus on improving bus and active travel – walking and cycling – across Tees Valley as part of a wider £310million in secured regional funding for transport.

A further £1billion of major transport plans are in the pipeline across Tees Valley, including the creation of a new Darlington relief road, new station and a transport hub at Tees Marshalling Yards including improvements and overhauls along the A66 and A689 corridor.

On the current consultation, Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “We’re striving to create a high-quality, affordable, reliable, transport network that local people and businesses deserve and have been crying out for. It will help give people easier access to towns, work, school, or help them support our brilliant local businesses.

“These improvements are the next step in our ambitious plans to get Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool moving. But we need to get it right first time, and that’s why it’s vital local people have their say.”

Cllr Steve Harker, Leader of Darlington Borough Council and TVCA Cabinet Lead for Transport, said: “These are comprehensive and wide-ranging proposals that impact all of our towns. We need residents of all types – from business owners and people in education to bus and bike users or recreational walkers – to look at these plans and voice their opinions. That way, we can be sure our transport network is working for the people it serves.”

For more information, including on the in-person events and webinars, or to have your say, visit the Tees Valley transport consultations page

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