S&D Railway chosen as Heritage Action Zone

North entrance of Shildon Tunnel (before 1915)
Stockton & Darlington Railway to receive regeneration boost in time for 2025 bicentenary
Published Wed, 2017-12-06 14:34

The Stockton & Darlington Railway, among seven other locations, have been designated as Heritage Action Zones which are set to be boosted by regeneration projects.

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North entrance of Shildon Tunnel (before 1915) © Creative Commons Licence

The Heritage Action Zone scheme is run by Historic England, and will see a number of local authorities receive support on planning policy and community engagement for projects such as bringing neglected buildings or bridges back into use and developing heritage areas into tourist attractions. The scheme hopes to open up to grant funding and training for these areas in order to support the regeneration projects.

The aim of the project for the S&D Railway is to refurbish a number of heritage features along the 26-mile line, such as bridges and old railway buildings, in preparation for the railway's upcoming bicentenary celebrations in 2025.

As well as the S&D, the nearby town centre of Bishop Auckland has also been designated a Heritage Action Zone, where work will be planned to bring neglected buildings back into use to help rejuvenate the town centre and support its wider regeneration.

The project will be taken up by a local partnership including Darlington Borough Council, Durham County Council, Stockton Borough Council, the Tees Valley Combined Authority, Friends of Stockton Darlington Railway and Historic England.

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