Tuesday 16th February 2021
Middlesbrough Station Will See A London Train This Year
Despite the ongoing pandemic, work on Middlesbrough station has progressed quite rapidly with the extension of platform 2, so that LNER Azuma trains to/from London can call at the station; by the end of 2021.
In order to allow for more services and the longer LNER Azuma trains that run on the East Coast Main Line to the capital, platform 2 is being extended with construction work set to be complete by May, ahead of the restoration of the direct London service in December 2021.
Other improvements include the subway under the platforms and opening up the station, as well as future plans for a third platform as rail travel demands surge.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen told the Northern Echo: “For years people have been promising to improve Middlesbrough station and produced nothing more than shiny pictures. When I became mayor, I promised to deliver the investment Middlesbrough Station desperately needed and to secure the return of direct trains to London. I’ve provided £22.5million and secured the rest from government to make the redevelopment a reality and we are now getting on with the jobs. Work on platform 2 will be completed in just a matter of months and LNER Azuma trains will be rolling into the station from London in December."
The plan to start services has been put back and LNER advised that due to the Covid-19 pandemic this has put a delay in training drivers to start the new daily service to/from Middlesbrough, but its very confident that services can begin when the Winter timetable begins in December 2021.
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