Better transport

Our Airport

In January 2018, the Mayor delivered on his pledge to the people of the Tees Valley to bring our airport back into public ownership to secure its long-term future. A 10 Year Rescue Plan will now be implemented to bring the airport back to life. Highlights below:

  • Stop the airport from closing in 2021

  • Secure a new low-cost airline
  • Secure ten additional routes by 2022
  • Achieve 1.4 million passengers by 2029
  • Drive the creation of 7,600 jobs and add £420 million to our local economy each year
  • Return the airport to profit
  • Scrap the hated £6 passenger fee
  • Stop the planned 350-home development



  • £75 million secured from the Government's Transforming Cities Fund to improve local connectivity
  • £25million to support the redevelopment of Darlington station
  • £20million to fully fund the redevelopment of Middlesbrough station
  • £1 million investment to improve the region’s rail freight network.


  • £8.2 million secured to improve three key road pinchpoints in Tees Valley
  • Developing business cases for a new A19 Tees Crossing and bypass for Darlington
  • £4 million for the Elwick bypass, a vital new road in Hartlepool
  • £183,000 for Central Park infrastructure improvements in Darlington
  • £7.6 million for a new dock bridge in Middlehaven, unlocking brownfield land for development
  • £300,000 for infrastructure improvements between Offshore Structures Britain and Wilton Engineering in Redcar
  • £2.5 million for A689 Wynyard improvements
  • £1 million for South Bank Wharf roundabout

Green transport

  • £1.3million to help bring a fleet of hydrogen road vehicles and new refuelling infrastructure to the region
  • Launched a £8.3 million Sustainable Access to Employment programme