The Statement of Transport Ambition is the Tees Valley’s long-term transport strategy. It provides the transport context for delivery of the Tees Valley Strategic Economic Plan. The full Statement of Transport Ambition can be found in the links on this page. This will now be revised and updated to form a new Tees Valley Combined Authority Strategic Transport Plan from April 2017.
The Devolution Deal and Transport
The Tees Valley Devolution Deal, which was signed in November 2015, includes a number of key strategic transport schemes that are seen as essential to facilitate growth in Tees Valley. These schemes are deliverable in the next 10 years and are now supported and endorsed by Transport for North. They include:
- 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 electrification 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
Tees Valley Strategic Transport Plan
This will be developed during 2016/17 and in addition to further developing the main strategic transport priorities above will set the policy framework to support the following:
- Tees Valley Area Action Plan – development of a prioritised programme of local highway improvements to facilitate housing and employment growth and to support our strategic priorities.
- Tees Valley Rail Network – further enhancement of local rail services through active involvement in the new North East Rail Management Unit, to build on franchise improvements and recent Tees Valley Local Enterprise Partnership investment in station facilities.
- Tees Valley Bus Network – further network enhancement to build on the recent Tees Valley Bus Network Improvements investment. The Buses Bill will provide the opportunity to work with operators to develop the future network that is needed.
- Tees Valley Freight Network – development of a supporting a freight strategy which will identify investment priorities to facilitate planned freight growth across Tees Valley and beyond.
- Sustainable Transport – continued development of a complementary programme of cycling, walking and other sustainable transport measures to support economic growth as well as health and well-being