Published July 31, 2017 3.18pm
A new railway station is to be built in Horden after we successfully bid for millions of pounds of Government funding.
The Department for Transport has awarded us £4.4 million from its New Stations Fund to help pay for the new halt in East Durham.
The scheme will cost £10.55 million, with the rest of the cash being put forward by the council and the North East Combined Authority.
Cllr Simon Henig, Leader of Durham County Council, said: "We are delighted with today's announcement from the Department of Transport, which marks a significant milestone in the project to create a railway station at Horden.
"The station, which we expect to be complete by 2020, will greatly enhance commuters' ability to reach employment sites across the region and will be served by more than 20 trains a day heading north and south. It will also act as a park and ride, with spaces for more than 100 commuters.
"We believe it will serve as a significant focus for regeneration in this coastal community.
"There is already considerable support for this project regionally, with funding already in place from the North East Combined Authority and ourselves, and it is good to see this has now been nationally recognised."
The Horden scheme is one of five projects around the country to benefit from £16 million of investment from the Department for Transport.
Paul Maynard, Rail Minister, said: "We are committed to improving journeys for passengers right across the country. This means delivering more trains, quicker journeys and making more seats available.
"The stations will improve access to the rail network and create new leisure, training, employment and business opportunities, as well as supporting new housing developments."