Darlington Railway Station will be transformed to mark the 200th anniversary of the first passenger train, it has been revealed.
As part of the plans, which were announced on Thursday, March 9th, 2017, additional station platforms will be installed, as well as a new bridge into the station.
There will also be a new public transport interchange, improved parking provision, improved shopping and leisure in the station, new residential and commercial development opportunities and a new arrival area.
Councillor Bill Dixon, leader of Darlington Borough Council, said: “The Tees Valley is where the modern passenger railway was born, when (on September 27th, 1825) George Stephenson’s locomotion number one left Darlington for Stockton carrying passengers.
“In 2025, we will celebrate the 200th anniversary of this globally significant event, and showcase to visitors from across the world the same ambition and ingenuity that has positioned Darlington and the Tees Valley at the heart of industrial Britain ever since.
He continued: “Our vision will unlock improved speeds, increased capacity and more reliable national and local rail services, remove restrictions, and offer scope for significant commercial development and investment.
“These improvements will enable significant economic growth across Tees Valley as well as greatly improving rail connections across the area.”
The plans, which can be viewed on the Tees Valley Combined Authority website, have been well-received by residents and business in Darlington:
Get to London by train in less than two hours? That's the claim at the launch of the Darlington Station vision. pic.twitter.com/HBlICyhmo1
— David Macmillan (@bbcdmacmillan) March 9, 2017
— Darlington Economy (@DtonEconomy) March 9, 2017
— PWLC Projects LLP (@PWLCProjects) March 9, 2017
— Arlen Pettitt (@NEEChamberArlen) March 9, 2017
Very impressive, real positive for Darlo & Tees Valley. A new vision for Darlington Station (From The Northern Echo) https://t.co/R3Gjy5NJSz
— Mike Matthews MBE (@MatthewsMike1) March 9, 2017
Source: Tees Valley Combined Authority