Network Rail has confirmed that their £2.7million refurbishment of Middlesbrough station will begin this spring, which will see the station roof and stonework repaired in a 13-month project. These works complement work led by Middlesbrough Council to commission a masterplan study for Middlesbrough station which will focus on transport connectivity and the regeneration of the surrounding area. Lisa McGuinness, Commercial Scheme Sponsor for Network Rail, said: “Lots of work has happened behind the scenes to get the specialist contractor in place to work on this Grade II listed building. We will continue to work with TransPennine Express and Middlesbrough Council to minimise the disruption caused by our improvement work.”
Durham County Council has received a grant offer from the North East LEP and now awaits only a decision from the New Stations fund which is promised for “Spring”. Meanwhile Network Rail contractors have started ground investigations from around the site and once their reports are available work can continue to shape up the design etc for this proposed new station.