A £10M rail station at Horden, Durham, on the London North Eastern & East Midlands line, has been given the go-ahead.
Following strong public support, the new station, which will consist of two 100m platforms, an accessible footbridge, shelters, a 136-space car park and bus stops, has been granted permission.
The station will link Horden into the local and regional national train network, with trains stopping hourly in both directions.
A public consultation on the plans in 2016 saw almost 1,400 responses with 98.6% of those who took part saying they would use the station.
Horden Station site plan
Source: Network Rail
Rail industry projections estimated that more than 70,000 passengers could use the station each year.
Leader of Durham County Council Simon Henig said the station will boost local employment prospects.
“The new station will significantly improve transport links in the east of the county, providing a boost to the economy and widening employment opportunities for local residents,” he said.
Durham County Council will fund the scheme, £4.4M in funding has also been granted by the Department of Transport’s New Stations Fund.
Rail Minster Andrew Jones said the Horden development was another success for the New Stations Fund.
“This is another success story for the government’s New Stations Fund and further demonstrates our commitment to delivering better journeys across the north,” he said. “Alongside major investment in the £2.9bn Transpennine route upgrade and the £780M East Coast mainline upgrade, this new station will improve journey times and connections across the region.”
Plans for Horden Station were intially annouced alongside four other new stations in July last year.
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