Darlington Town Centre Connectivity

Closing Date: 31st March 2024

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Darlington town centre is growing. Lots of people already walk, wheel and cycle across the town centre, but in some places people can feel unsafe. There are also frequent issues with longer journey times for buses passing through the town centre. There is now an opportunity to deliver improvements to improve safety and reduce journey times for buses.

We want your ideas for making bus, walking, wheeling, and cycling journeys easier in the town centre, and improving safety. This could include reviewing bus stops, improving signage, and delivering dedicated spaces for people walking, wheeling, and cycling. Find out more about our plans.

Darlington town centre is an important destination for shoppers, workers, and visitors. Important locations include Darlington Rail Station, Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, and Darlington Memorial Hospital. Other popular destinations are the Cornmill Shopping Centre, The Dolphin Centre, and the Darlington Hippodrome.

Darlington is growing, with plans for new homes and jobs, including at West Park. At Beaumont Hill, 370 homes are also planned with a new primary school. Some homes have already been built at Berrymead Gardens and Coatham Vale. This means there will be more journeys in the future, making roads busier.

Our vision for Darlington town centre

Darlington Borough Council has ambitious plans to improve the town centre. Earlier this year, work was completed to transform Duke Street, adding a dedicated cycle lane and widening pavements to make it easier to walk, wheel and cycle. There are also plans to improve Skinnergate and Darlington’s yards and to create a pedestrian zone in Coniscliffe Road, Using Government funding they’ve secured.

Tees Valley, in partnership with Darlington Borough Council want to add to these improvements to create a safer, convenient, and reliable network for all journeys in the town centre.

Current transport issues in Darlington town centre

Many people already walk, wheel, cycle or catch the bus to the town centre. However, in some places people can feel unsafe walking and cycling. Buses also get stuck in traffic in the town centre delaying journeys and making bus travel less attractive.

In Darlington, more people own cars and drive to work on average compared to the rest of England. We want to improve the transport choices available. We think there are opportunities to make journeys in Darlington safer and more enjoyable, and empower more people to walk, wheel, cycle, or take the bus, especially for shorter trips.

Look at the issues and opportunities we have identified in Darlington town centre by clicking below.

Alternative Formats: If you require any of information in an alternative format, please contact us on 01325 792600 or via email at consultation@teesvalley-ca.gov.uk and we will try to help you.

 

Timeline

Stage 1 - Sharing ambitions and vision for transport improvements across Tees Valley. Summer 2023
Stage 2 - Public engagement looking at key issues and opportunities around potential transport solutions. Winter 2023/24
Stage 3 - Specific consultations after transport plans are further developed with public feedback taken onboard. Spring/Summer 2024

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