One of our key strategic priorities is to achieve the 2025 Vision for Darlington Station. Darlington Station is the key rail gateway to Tees Valley. The Grade 2 listed building carries more than 2.2million passengers a year. As 2025 marks the 200th anniversary of the first passenger railway journey between Darlington and Stockton, and with HS2 coming and Northern Powerhouse Rail development, it is increasingly important that a modern rail hub for a modern economy is delivered for the area.
The 2025 Masterplan will deliver:
- An improved franchise offer for passengers and better connectivity across the Tees Valley and sub-region and the potential for a step change in the quality of local rail services
- The ability to redesign train services so that they are faster, more frequent and tailored to meet the needs of local people
- Improved connectivity into the national rail network
- Extra capacity to ensure the area is ready for new train services provided by HS2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail
To deliver the masterplan significant investment is required, with early indications of around £100million. Key to the success of the masterplan is that this is not just a rail project but integrated investment in the station, its infrastructure and surrounding area that will unlock further economic growth.
We have committed resources to developing the Strategic Outline Business Case required to secure commitment from the Department for Transport (DfT) to both further develop and deliver the scheme.