4th August 2020
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen says a £35m redevelopment of Middlesbrough railway station is now fully funded after a further £9m was provided by the Government.
The scheme, on which work is due to start next year and which will include a platform extension to potentially accommodate high speed East Coast trains, had seen £22.5m committed to it by the Tees Valley Combined Authority with £2.45m being provided by the Government for design and development work.
Now £9.65m has been earmarked from a fund announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this year for so-called "shovel ready" building projects.
Mr Houchen has been discussing the prospect of daily services to London from Middlesbrough being restored with the publicly operated LNER, which runs trains on the East Coast Mainline.
Other proposed improvements at the station include a new £6.5m entrance with accompanying commercial business units being created on Zetland Road.
Mr Houchen said: “This final funding for the Middlesbrough station redevelopment will sit alongside the money I have already pledged to the scheme and ensures this project is now fully funded.
“This means we can get on with increasing the frequency of services and train routes and introduce the first services between London and Middlesbrough in decades.”
Image: Tees Valley CA