“I’m pleased that following my intervention earlier this year, Network Rail reviewed their timescales to improve Billingham Station and committed to a 2022 end date for the project. While it’s still some time off, the end of 2022 gives us a time to aim for. I’ll continue to hold Network Rail to account and press them to carry out the work as quickly as they can to ensure everyone can access Billingham Station.
“It is simply not on that a train station in the twenty-first century doesn’t have step-free access to its platforms. Local people and councillors have been campaigning with me on this issue for a number of years and it is through this effort that we are finally seeing Billingham get the funding it needs to become step-free. I hope this commitment from Network Rail gives everyone assurance that the station will see much needed improvements by the end of next year.”