The Devolution Deal and Transport
Signed in November 2015, the Devolution Deal is a significant development, with the transfer of powers for transport away from central government to Tees Valley. This paves the way for the reform of public services and sees the start of a 30 year programme of transformational investment in the area.
The Tees Valley Devolution Deal includes a number of key strategic transport schemes that are seen as essential to facilitate growth in Tees Valley, which are deliverable in the next 10 years and which are now supported and endorsed by TfN. These are:
- A new A19 Tees Crossing and associated enhancements to the strategic A19 corridor
- Darlington Station Redevelopment, to be HS2/NPR ready and to improve the gateway into and across Tees Valley
- The delivery of improved East-West connectivity from the A1 to the international gateway at Teesport
- The major upgrade of the Northallerton to Middlesbrough/Teesport rail line to improve connectivity for businesses and passengers.
In combination, these schemes could deliver £1 billion in economic benefit across the North