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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans for an outstanding Borough

Major public transport improvement schemes

We have plans in place to continue to  improve public transport in the Borough.

Bus facilities across the Stockton Borough are in line for a huge upgrade over the next few years. Work started on the development of local bus network in January 2010.

The Tees Valley Bus Network Improvements scheme, set up following a major review in 2004, aims to make lasting improvements to the Tees Valley bus network.

The scheme covers major bus routes across the boroughs of; Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Darlington and Hartlepool.

Improvements to the bus network will include:

  • new bus stops and additional raised kerbs to improve access,
  • bus priority at some traffic signals,
  • new junctions and traffic systems ( including bus-only turning junctions),
  • improved bus journey information systems, with real-time displays,
  • security with improved lighting and CCTV coverage,
  • driver training and improvements to bus cleaning to improve passenger experience of bus journeys.

Please note that some of the improvements listed may only be provided in limited areas.

Funding for the £57 million project is provided by the Department for Transport (£37 million) and a public/private partnership of Tees Valley councils and bus operators (£20 million).

Work to improve the bus network will be phased over a three-year period. Details about each of the phases can be found here:

We welcome your comments about the planned improvements to the local bus network, please e-mail


Local Sustainable Transport Fund Bid

Tees Valley Unlimited were successful in their bid to the Local Sustainable Transport Fund Tranche 2 on behalf of the five Tees valley authorities.

This project draws on specific evidence to promote measures designed to improve access to the rail network for current and future users, by addressing end-to-end journey needs and filling a gap in current service provision. The measures include improved passenger facilities at stations, enhanced information on the whole journey and a new rail station at one of the major employment and trip generation sites. The measures are part of a long term plan to use the existing rail network assets in a more cost effective and efficient way to support the economic regeneration of the area and reduce carbon emissions.