A £1m study could help Teesport attract business from across the world, it is hoped
A £1m study to look at bringing bigger shipping containers to Teesport on a more direct route has been given the go-ahead.
Network Rail and the Tees Valley Combined Authority have agreed the seven figure fund to look into resolving problems on the line between Eaglescliffe and Northallerton where low bridges and tunnels restrict the size of freight which can be carried.
The combined authority is putting £250,000 into the probe while Network Rail is stumping up £750,000 through its Strategic Freight Network which is funded by the Department for Transport.
Decisions over whether to lower tracks or raise bridges will be looked over to prevent larger freight trains from having to make a detour via Darlington.
Yarm Bridge on Green Lane, near the town railway station, is likely to be one of the structures earmarked for scrutiny in the probe.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said the investment “wasn’t eye-catching or sexy” but was necessary to keep Teesport growing.
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