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HS2 will serve Darlington

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The Darlington HS2 Growth Hub proposal envisages around £100 million of investment to make Darlington station part of the heart of the town.

It would provide over 59,000 square metres of new business space and almost 1,500 homes, with the station connecting to the Central Park Enterprise Zone, the historic Market Hall area & other key public spaces.

HS2 will serve Darlington

It will integrate with Northern Powerhouse Rail and local transport. This will help relieve congestion, improve reliability and speed up journey times. Darlington will be under two hours from London. Darlington’s HS2 hub will help connect the Tees Valley region including Middleborough, Hartlepool and Newton Aycliffe.

The North East Combined Authority is also working with Network Rail on options to upgrade the East Coast Main Line, local rail services and provision for freight.

HS2 Services in the North East

Darlington to:

  • East Midlands Hub, HS2 time63 minutes
  • Birmingham, HS2 time 85 minutes, current time 140 minutes
  • London, HS2 time 112 minutes, current time 141 minutes

HS2 will help Darlington grow

The arrival of HS2 services is already driving ambitious plans to regenerate the centre of Darlington. The Darlington HS2 Growth Hub proposal envisages around £100 million of investment. Work is already underway to develop a masterplan that includes new station platforms and buildings. The proposals would also see the creation of new business space and 1,500 potential new homes

The plan sees the station not only as a crucial economic hub, but as an ambitious statement about the future of the town and the region – a place for trade, business and leisure that local people can be proud of.

The Masterplan has been structured not just for growth in Darlington’s town centre, but as a catalyst to open up economic opportunities for people across the Tees Valley City Region. It will connect economic hotspots such as Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees, Hartlepool and Newton Aycliffe to other growth areas across the North and Midlands.