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HS2 will serve Darlington, helping to relieve congestion, improve reliability and speed up journey times.

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Illustration of what the interior of a redeveloped Darlington Station could look like.
Tees Valley Combined Authority's vision for Darlington Station

The Darlington HS2 Growth Hub proposal envisages around £100 million of investment

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 and other key public spaces.

HS2 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: 62 minutes
  • Birmingham: HS2 time 83 minutes, current time 135 minutes
  • London: HS2 time 110 minutes, current time 142 minutes.

HS2 train times

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HS2 helping reduce overcrowding

By freeing up space on existing lines, for new local train services, passengers and freight, HS2 helps ease congestion and over-crowding. Travelling by train becomes a more convenient and enjoyable option for everybody, regardless of how far they’re going. Find out more about HS2 helping reduce overcrowding.

HS2 helping reduce carbon emissions

By freeing up capacity on our current railways, HS2 will help take hundreds of lorries off the roads every day as more freight can move to rail. This will improve air quality and help reduce carbon emissions. Learn more about HS2 and zero carbon Britain.

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.

Regional supply chain stories 

Cleveland Bridge is a County Durham-based world leading steel engineering company which has
designed, manufactured and installed bridges and steel work all over the world and was involved in the construction of the Wembley Arch and the Shard.

In 2019, County Durham-based Cleveland Bridge won a major contract on HS2 to supply 1,130 tonnes worth of steel girders to HS2’s early works joint venture LM which is constructing four modular bridges at the site of HS2’s new Interchange station in Solihull.

Cleveland Bridge and HS2.

Based in Durham, CA Blackwell have been providing HS2 Ltd with earthmoving advice and support since 2012 during both the Phase One and Phase Two Hybrid Bill stages. In the summer of 2018 Blackwell entered into an exclusive strategic partnership with the main works civils Contractor, EKFB to develop the earthmoving strategy for 80km stretch of the proposed route.

More information about joining HS2’s supply chain.