Contractor appointed to deliver Horden

Story Contracting has been awarded a Network Rail contract to design and build a new railway station in County Durham.

The new station will improve transport links in the east of the county, providing a boost to the economy and widening employment opportunities for local residents.

Martin Smith, Operations Director for Story’s rail division, said: “This project is a fantastic addition to our expanding work bank across the UK and in particular, a key project in the Eastern region, strengthening our growing position and reputation.’’

He added: “We’re delighted to have been chosen by Network Rail and Durham County Council to deliver this vital project which will play a significant role in the regeneration of Horden and the wider area.”

Rail industry projections anticipate that more than 70,000 passengers could use the station each year; providing a useful transport link for residents who work in Newcastle, Sunderland, Hartlepool and Teesside.

Story will deliver two new 100m+ platforms on the Durham Coast Line, complete with step free access via a footbridge and ramps.

The scope will also include associated piling, signalling, track realignment, lighting, CIS, PA system, CCTV, and platform furniture.

The new station will open to passengers in the spring of 2020.

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