Tees Valley Metro
|This article needs to be updated. (August 2013)|
|Tees Valley Metro|
|Type||Metro, Commuter Rail|
|Status||Project cancelled due to lack of funding. Focus now on Northern Rail franchise.|
|Locale||Tees Valley Region|
|Services||Line 1 (Darlington via Middlesbrough to Saltburn)
Line 2 (Hartlepool to Nunthorpe Parkway)
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The Tees Valley Metro was a project to upgrade the Tees Valley Line and sections of the Esk Valley Line and Durham Coast Line to provide a faster and more frequent service. In the initial phases the services would have been heavy rail mostly along existing alignments. The later phase would have introduced tram-trains to allow street running. The project was backed by all the local authorities through which the system would have run, the authorities are: Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-On-Tees. Support was also forthcoming from the Department for Transport. The project has been cancelled due to lack of funding. Focus is now on Northern Rail franchise. Of the original "Tees Valley Metro" project, only the construction of a new station at James Cook University Hospital has come to fruition.
|Proposed Route 1|
|Proposed Route 2|
The proposed initial routes would have used sections of the Tees Valley, Esk Valley and Durham Coast Lines. There were no current plans as to the interoperability of the continuing services and the new metro services. This would have been considered at the next stage of the process. Several new stations will be built along the routes in two stages. After stage two additional routes using street running may be considered.
The project was planned to be delivered in two phases, with the first phase split into stages.
Initial work was proposed to be complete by December 2012 and would have included:
- A reduction in journey time by around 5 minutes between Darlington and Saltburn.
- An increase in services from 1–2 to four trains per hour on the Tees Valley Line between Darlington and Saltburn
- Additional platforms at Darlington station on the eastern side of the station to reduce the need for local services to cross the East Coast Main Line.
- Possible new platforms at Middlesbrough.
- Refurbished Class 156 "Sprinters" rolling stock.
- Relocation of Tees-side Airport station to serve Durham Tees Valley Airport better.
- A station at Wilton.
- A new station at James Cook University Hospital (opened 2014).
- Improvements to existing stations at Eaglescliffe, Thornaby and Hartlepool.
These improvements were estimated to cost £30 – 40 million.
The second stage of Phase 1 was due to be completed in December 2014.
- New stations at Teesside Park, Morton Park and Middlehaven.
- New rolling stock, Class 172 Turbostar was put forward.
- Refurbishment of other stations on Route 1
The cost of these improvements was estimated at £50 – 60 million.
This phase included improvements to the Esk Valley Line between Nunthorpe and Middlesbrough, and on the Durham Coast Line between Middlesbrough and Hartlepool; new stations at Morton Palms, Middlehaven, The Ings and Nunthorpe Parkway were also proposed, and a further reduction in journey times between Darlington and Stockton.
|This section's factual accuracy may be compromised due to out-of-date information. (April 2011)|
This project has been officially shelved by central Government and Tees Valley Unlimited due to lack of and cut funding for the project by Government and lack of interest in the project from Network Rail.
Rail services provided by Northern Rail with some work to try and marginally improve journey times is now the plan going forward.
The Government, whilst not ensuring, has requested that new franchise holder from 2016 onwards must attempt to refurbish or replace 35 year old Pacer trains currently in use.
The project had originally received approval from the Interim Regional Transport Board in September 2008, allowing more detailed plans and a public consultation to go ahead. Construction of the first phase was due to commence in 2010 and would have been completed by the end of 2013. Phase one would cost around £80 million and Network Rail had already committed £40 million for signalling improvements. The second phase would cost a further £140 million and would have been in place by 2018.
On 23 July 2009 the project received in-principle funding from the Department for Transport via the Regional Funding Allocation process. Each of the individual components is being treated as an individual project, eligible for fast track funding. Funding was expected for the two new platforms at Darlington, the reopening of platform 3 at Middlesbrough, the relocation of Teesside Airport station to within 350 m of the terminal building, improvements at Eaglescliffe, Thornaby and Hartlepool, including new lifts and footbridges, and the new station at James Cook University Hospital. Reports mentioned a possible new station between Middlesbrough and Redcar Central, proposed as a new station for Wilton International, reopening Grangetown Station or improving and bringing South Bank station fully into use, or relocating Redcar British Steel station As well as the infrastructure improvements the improved rolling stock and increased frequency for trains will be introduced.
In 2014, a new railway station at the rear of James Cook University Hospital, was built and opened.
In May 2014, Thornaby Railway Station's ticket office was refurbished and extended.
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- "Work begins on new £2.2m rail station at the back of James Cook University Hospital". Retrieved 6 February 2014.