Railway Station and Historic Quarter

Reviving the strategic transport gateway to Middlesbrough and stimulating investment in the Historic Quarter to encourage business growth.

Middlesbrough’s iconic railway station is a key part of the town’s historic heart, and one the Council will continue to support as a vital link between the up-and-coming Middlehaven regeneration area and the nearby retail centre.

Enhanced rail access, quality of stock, and ancillary services are crucial components to economic success.

The station is one of the busiest in the north east with 1.5 million passengers per annum. The creation of a direct London link in 2020 will lead to direct journeys to King’s Cross within three hours and a significant investment boost.

Middlesbrough Council will continue to work with rail companies to deliver:

  • A direct London link
  • Enhanced services to Tyneside, York, Leeds and the surrounding areas
  • Electrification of the Northallerton to Middlesbrough line

The Historic Quarter boasts numerous important late 19th century buildings within a designated Conservation Area, with potential to provide high quality commercial and residential accommodation.

Work is under way on the development of a railway station area masterplan, outlining the necessary improvements for enhanced services, as well as the regeneration of the secondary areas.

The establishment of an Enterprise Zone across the Historic Quarter incentivises private investment and has been designed to target the key gateway between Middlehaven and the town centre, providing the linkage between the primary amenities of the town and the opportunities presented by the wider Middlehaven.

The land surrounding the railway station has the potential to create a new urban living experience, with opportunities for bespoke housing. There are currently significant areas of development ready land nearby and this presents a major investment opportunity.

Key actions 2017 – 2020

  1. Work with Stagecoach and Virgin Trains to bring direct London train line, developing a programme to do this.
  2. Develop a masterplan for the rail station area, comprising the objectives of:
    • A: enhancing the public realm and public squares;
    • B: major improvements to the rail station;
    • C: stimulating investment in historic and underemployed buildings, working with property owners to bring buildings back into use.
  3. Drive professional employment through the creation and publication of the new Enterprise Zone.
  4. Revitalise our historic environment, including Exchange Square, with new uses and amenities.