Delivering for Darlington

When I was fortunate to be elected as the first ever Mayor of the Tees Valley in May 2017, I pledged that I would serve every community that makes up the Tees Valley – including Darlington. This means that every one of the five council areas that make our area gets its fair share.

We’re investing your money - taxpayers’ money - so we can build that high growth, high wage, low welfare economy we desperately need. But this shouldn’t be some impossible dream. Just look at our record of delivery on investment in Darlington. 

A record of delivery on investment

  • £25 million for Darlington station
  • £17.5 million for the National Horizons Centre
  • £10 million from our Indigenous Growth Fund to support job-creating projects across Darlington
  • £3.9 million for Salters Lane Ingenium Parc - Phase 1
  • £3.2 million to deliver Grade A office space at Feethams
  • £3 million to progress plans to redevelop Darlington station
  • £2.2 million for Central Park infrastructure improvements
  • £450,000 to develop plans for the new Darlington Sports Village
  • £370,000 for the Rail Heritage Quarter - Phase 2
  • £300,000 for Darlington Top Bank feasibility study
  • £10 million Indigenous Growth Fund
  • £450,000 for Darlington Sports Village

Project pipeline for Darlington

We also have an exciting pipeline of projects in Darlington that we will fund.

  • CPI Healthcare Futures Centre
  • Central Park Business Central Hub 2 
  • Faverdale – phase 1
  • Darlington Rail Heritage Quarter  

Planned major infrastructure investment

While not yet fully-funded, I have ambitious plans to deliver major transport infrastructure improvements to the town. I’m asking government to put its hands in its pockets to ensure these projects are delivered.

  • Darlington station (Estimated £80-100 million)
  • Darlington bypass (Estimated £150-250 million)

Supporting business and individuals

As well as funding large capital projects, we have also provided support and funding to Darlington businesses and individuals through a number of dedicated funding pots, these include:

  • £352,044 from the SSI Jobs & Skills Fund
  • £947,769 from the Tees Valley Business Support schemes
  • £225,937 of Business Compass grants
  • £35,000 for Start Up: Scale Up Programme
  • £317,000 from our Apprenticeship Grant scheme
  • £886,486 from the Routes to Work scheme, helping hundreds back to work
  • £1.8 million from the Government’s Access Fund to promote sustainable transport
  • £3.8 million from the Government’s National Productivity Grant scheme
  • £2.5 million from the Sustainable Transport Programme