MIDDLESBROUGH will keep its central Bus Station – that’s the pledge from Mayor Dave Budd.
The terminus – one of the region’s busiest transport hubs – remains a key part of major plans to transform the city centre.
Long-term proposals include the creation of a Teesside Media and Innovation Village which would incorporate the current Bus Station site.
But with other plans already progressing rapidly, Mayor Budd has reassured local residents and bus users that a modern central bus station will form part of any major overhaul.
He said: “Middlesbrough is changing rapidly, with investors and developers keen to play a part in transforming us into the city centre of the Tees Valley.
“But people have made assumptions based on plans that are at a very early stage, and it is therefore important we are clear about our priorities.
“There will be a bus station as part of our city centre, and no scheme will be allowed to progress which proposes using the site of the existing bus station without providing a brand new station in a central location.
“Middlesbrough Bus Station is a gateway into our city centre and is a regional transport hub.
“We have had that for 35 years and we will keep that, either in a new building, or in the existing one.
“I want that to be crystal clear. That’s why I have made that a pledge – in black and white.”
Proposals for a Teesside Media and Innovation Village feature in Middlesbrough’s ambitious Investment Prospectus which was launched earlier this year.
The wide-ranging strategy seeks to build on the successes of recent years, with plans for more than £700 million of inward investment to cement Middlesbrough’s place as the city heart of the Tees Valley.
It will build on a string of landmark developments including the iconic Middlesbrough Sports Village and the Holiday Inn Express on Centre Square.