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.
National Productivity Investment Fund
The Department for Transport (DfT) National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) for local highway and other local transport improvements aims to:
- Ease congestion and provide upgrades on important national, regional and local roads;
- Unlock economic job creation opportunities;
- Enable delivery of new housing development
In mid-January 2017 the Department for Transport (DfT) allocated a proportion of the available NPIF funding to Transport Authorities. Tees Valley Combined Authority has been allocated £2,298,000 to spend on transport schemes in the area. The guidance states that it is a condition of the grant that this allocated money must be spent in 2017/18.
The Tees Valley Combined Authority has chosen to direct the funding that we have received at one of the key priorities of our Transport Framework; improving east – west connectivity across our conurbation.
We will utilise the funding available to improve our Key Route Network (KRN), delivering local interventions on the A66 and connecting routes. This will support the ambition we have for a greatly improved strategic connection between the A1(M) and Teesport that we are bringing forward via a business case submission to DfT’s Large Local Major Schemes Fund.