Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Date Set for Start of Station Revamp

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Date Set for Start of Station Revamp

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Byline: MIKE BROWN mike.brown@trinitymirror.com @MIKEBROWNGAZ

THE long awaited PS2.7m refurbishment of Middlesbrough Railway Station will begin in the new year.

Network Rail has confirmed work will begin in the spring, and will see the station's roof and stonework repaired in a 13-month project.

The railway station and surrounding area, leading down Albert Road towards the town centre, has been identified as a key part of the plan to regenerate the town.

As part of its PS68m investment, which hopes to trigger PS625m of external investment and create 5,000 jobs, the council is commissioning a masterplan study to focus on connecting public transport and regenerating the area around the station.

Mayor Dave Budd said: "Middlesbrough Railway Station is at the heart of the town's historic quarter and is central to our aspirations for the town centre and the wider area.

"It's an iconic building that reflects the town's rich heritage while having a pivotal role to play as a key gateway to its future growth and prosperity.

"I'm delighted these important upgrades and refurbishments are due to start in the new year, and am confident they will further enhance the station's role as one of the region's most important transport hubs."

Funding for the masterplan study, which will go out to tender in early January 2017, has been secured from the Tees Valley Combined Authority, with Network Rail, train operators TransPennine, Northern and Virgin Trains East Coast working alongside Middlesbrough Council and Middlesbrough MP Andy McDonald, the Shadow Transport Secretary.

Mr McDonald said: "This is an important milestone and further evidence of the commitment there is to breathe new life into the centre of our town.

"The station is an important part of our heritage but will also be a new 21st Century portal into the evolving city-scape right in the heart of Tees Valley. …

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