Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pounds 30m PLEDGE FOR METRO; Government Backing for Scheme: We're on Track: Boost to Hopes for Metro System

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Pounds 30m PLEDGE FOR METRO; Government Backing for Scheme: We're on Track: Boost to Hopes for Metro System

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Byline: SANDY McKENZIE

MULTI-MILLION-POUND plans for a Tees Valley Metro moved a step closer today after they received government backing.

The pounds 180m project was approved in principle by the Government for inclusion in a programme of transport improvements across the North-east.

The first phase amounting to pounds 35m, pounds 30m of which will come from the Government, will be carried out over the next three years. It will provide two new rail halts, railway station improvements and relocating the existing station at Durham Tees Valley Airport. The work will lead to improvements in the existing rail services and will also help pave the way for the introduction of the Metro.

The Tees Valley Metro aims to provide a modern, frequent, reliable and comfortable transport system. It would run along the existing Saltburn to Darlington rail route and extensions are planned to Nunthorpe and Hartlepool. Over the next three years around pounds 35m will be spent: Providing new platforms at Darlington and Middlesbrough station. The work at Middlesbrough will include re-opening Number 3 Platform which will increase capacity at the station and help provide a more reliable service. - Relocating the station at Durham Tees Valley Airport to within 350 yards of the terminal. - Providing improvements at Eaglescliffe, Thornaby and Hartlepool stations. The work will include new lifts and footbridges.

Providing a new station at James Cook University Hospital and reopening Grangetown Station or improving and bringing South Bank station fully into use. The Grangetown or South bank project could also include providing a park and ride facility. The improvements are being provided along with refurbished trains and more frequent services. News of the investment in rail services in the area come a month after the announcement of the pounds 62m investment in the Tees Valley Bus Network. …

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