A £1m investment has been set aside to transform Billingham Station to ensure it has disabled access.
Tees Valley mayor Ben Houchen announced the investment at the weekend in a move that will change Billingham Station as the only railway station in the Tees Valley with no disabled access.
The Northern Echo detailed how the funding is part of a bid into the Government’s Access for All scheme, which if successful would supplement the £1 million committed by Mayor Houchen and £200,000 earmarked by Stockton Council with an extra £800,000 from the department for Transport.
It is expected that this would cover the estimated £2 million cost of adding full disabled access to the station.
Mayor Houchen told the Northern Echo: “Everyone deserves access to transport so we have to create disabled access at Billingham Station. My plan to create more and better jobs across the Tees Valley can only be fully effective when everyone, regardless of any mobility issues they might have, has access to them.”
Adding: “For years a succession of politicians and officials have promised better station facilities for the people of Billingham, including making sure it has appropriate disability access, but failed to deliver. That’s why I have taken the decision to step in.”