We were looking for your views on a proposal to build a new railway station at Horden to improve local travel links, job and economic prospects in the East Durham area.
We have been working with partners to consider the opportunity of a new railway station in the East Durham area. The aim would be to improve access to jobs, services and retail/leisure facilities within nearby towns and cities.
We have identified a potential site and we sought your views on the proposed location and whether you'd use the new station.. This will help inform our decision on its viability.
The closing date to submit your views was Thursday 20th October 2016. We have received over 1200 responses to help us understand the demand for a potential new rail station at Horden. The data has now been analysed and results can be viewed at Proposed development for a railway station at Horden - consultation update (PDF, 627kb)
We also received positive responses on social media, through direct emails and queries. This positive feedback has been used to support the business case development and supplement funding bids.
A number of places were considered within East Durham, but Horden has been chosen for the following reasons:
A range of sites in Horden have been assessed and we have been working with Network Rail and other key transport stakeholders to identify a preferred viable site.
The preferred site at South East View was chosen based on its suitability and how accessible it is.
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It is proposed that the station would be unstaffed with two platforms suitable for existing trains. There would be:
The entire station and site would be Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant.
We have used the feedback from talking to local people, the drop in session and online surveys to support bids for funding and as part of the project development process.
As we have identified a preferred location for the station we have initial costings and have secured some potential funding for the project, however the project has to follow the standard process for developing a new rail station as set by Network Rail.
We will continue to work with Network Rail and follow their Guide to Rail Investment Process (GRIP) 8 stage process. The GRIP stages are outlined below:
Take a look at our Frequently asked questions - proposal for a new railway station at Horden (PDF, 381kb) which will be updated as we continue to work on the project.
We are currently finalising stage 3 and starting stage 4 of the GRIP process. We will work with current and potential future funders to meet costs of the chosen option and will continue to keep our key stakeholders informed.
You'll be able to find out more about the progress with this project on this website. For further information please contact us.