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New Durham station gets the go-ahead

Words: Laura Edgar
Horden station site / Network Rail

Plans to build a new £10.55 million railway station in east Durham have been granted planning permission.

The station will be built at Horden, near Peterlee. Plans comprise two 100-metre platforms connected by an accessible footbridge, shelters, a 136-space car park and bus stops.

Durham County Council will fund the station with £4.4 million from the Department of Transport’s New Stations Fund and a £3.34 million grant from the North East Local Enterprise Partnership. The council worked with Network Rail on the project.

Simon Henig, leader of Durham County Council, said: “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.

“It has been a long time in the making, with a lot of hard work involved so it is particularly pleasing that work can now start on a project that will also have knock-on benefits for the wider county.”

The station will link Horden into the local and regional national train network, with trains stopping hourly in both directions.

Initial work is due to start during the next few weeks, and the station is expected to open in spring 2020.

Image credit | Network Rail