Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Big plans, bright future

Festival goers get taste of things to come on Stockton's Riverside

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Stockton's Riverside will be alight this weekend.

People enjoying Stockton International Riverside Festival and the Stockton Weekender will have a chance to get a sneak preview of its dramatic new lighting scheme. 

The series of colourful lighting installations between the Princess of Wales Bridge and Millennium Bridge are being installed permanently as part of the town's multi-million pound regeneration.

Engineers have been battling the elements over the last few weeks to get the lights ready in time for the festival weekend, although the scheme will not be officially launched until later this summer.

Stockton Council's Cabinet ember for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: "We are working hard to create a bustling and lively town centre and the illuminations will really help us create a vibrant atmosphere all year round.

"The river is our town's best atural asset so we really want to make the most of it. The lights will encourage more people to visit the river banks while they are in the town and take advantage of the riverside businesses, restaurants and leisure activities based there.

"I would definitely urge anyone n Stockton over the weekend to pop down and get a sneak preview of how the Riverside is set to be transformed at night.

"It is already an excellent setting and the lights will make it an even more exciting and welcoming place to be."

The multi-million pound regeneration of Stockton Town Centre is creating high quality public spaces and opening up views to the River Tees. Riverside lighting scheme - Millenium Bridge 1

It includes investment in heritage buildings and the town's Cultural Quarter, supports the development of town centre businesses and will create dedicated spaces for festivals, events and the traditional market.

The reintroduction of on-street car parking and improvements to routes into the town centre will also make it easier for people to access Stockton Town Centre.

To find out more about the ulti-million pound regeneration of Stockton Town Centre visit