Tuesday 9th June 2020
Multi-Million Pound Investment For Middlesbrough Train Station
A £35million investment has been announced today by Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen.
He has committed £22.5 million to the scheme which, in its first phase next year, will see a platform extension to facilitate more services and longer trains, including the future planned LNER route direct to/from London Kings Cross.
The current platform 2 is not suitable for the longer Azuma trains of LNER; so to bring back a direct route that was last seen decades ago, the platform is being extended. The new daily service directly between Middlesbrough & London was announced as part of Virgin Trains East Coast plans, before they lost the franchise and it was handed back to the Government and operates now as LNER.
The scheme will also see customer service improvements at the station, including a new £6.5 million entrance, with business units on Zetland Road.
Additionally at a later stage, it is possible for a third platform to be added to the north of the current platform 2, this will allow even more trains to run through the station.
The £35 million project is a joint partnership between Tees Valley Combined Authority, Network Rail, Middlesbrough Council and the Department for Transport, with support from train operators.
Mayor Houchen said: “For years people have talked about the need to develop this station to get new services but very little has actually been done, so I’m putting my money where my mouth is to deliver increased capacity at the station and help bring us the services the people of Middlesbrough and Teesside deserve. While we will also make major improvements in customer areas, including a modern and much more accessible front entrance, first and foremost this is about increasing the capacity of the station to accommodate more and longer trains. Network Rail expects to start work to expand platform 2 in early 2021, and we’re hoping to get confirmation of a service to London in 2021 which would be a great boost for businesses and people in Middlesbrough"
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