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The first passenger steam railway in Britain began running from Darlington in 1825.

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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.

It is no surprise then that, nearly two centuries later, the Tees Valley is seizing the opportunities that HS2 and an integrated high speed station at Darlington will bring to the whole region.

Darlington Borough Council has been working with the Tees Valley Combined Authority, the Local Enterprise Partnership, Transport for the North, and Network Rail on a masterplan to capitalise on HS2 trains serving Darlington Station.

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.