Darlington station growth hub
The need for improvements to Darlington Station and the surrounding area have been publicised for some time now. The Tees Valley Combined Authority, in partnership with Darlington Borough Council and Network Rail, is planning to progress a comprehensive redevelopment scheme at Darlington Station, Bank Top.
Darlington is a congested location on the railway network with no capacity to accommodate more trains. To enable the growth in train services in the coming years, improvements are required. Work has identified that a new station is required on the Neasham Road side of the east coast mainline to accommodate both local and national services. The new station will require new platforms, a new station building, parking and an interchange for passengers. There are also improvements planned within the existing station and at the other entrances.
On the 27 January 2020 an outline business case [external link] was sent to Government requesting £80m to make the project a reality. A total of £25million had previously been earmarked by the Mayor and Tees Valley Combined Authority to help deliver the vision for the station. On 4 February, plans for its use were put to Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet for approval. Work is now progressing on developing the detailed proposals and additional land around the station is required to allow the development to take place.
The plans presented on this web page are illustrative. The project is still subject to design development and the planning approval process. They are almost certain to change as work progresses but the principles of what was agreed at Cabinet will remain. All potentially affected property owners have been written to in the hope that property can be purchased by agreement. However, Cabinet agreed in principle to use Compulsory Purchase Powers if required to assemble the land required to deliver the scheme.
Documents and links
- Darlington Station is one of the strategic transport priorities of the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA),more information can be found on their website [external link].
- Darlington 2025 vision[pdf document] published 2017
- Cabinet report: Darlington Station & Growth Zone, 4 February 2020