Leading engineering and environmental professional services consultancy WSP has been appointed by the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA) as its Delivery Partner to support the Authority in implementing its City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement (CRSTS) schemes.
Introduced in 2022, the CRSTS programme is a Department for Transport (DfT) initiative which invests in regions across England to develop local sustainable transport solutions.
In 2020, TVCA committed to provide high quality, reliable and low carbon transport network within the Tees Valley region by 2030. The CRSTS funding will underpin this strategy by driving investment into improving its transport infrastructure.
WSP has been appointed, alongside supply chain partners Fore Consulting and SGP Architects, to design and deliver a wide range of transport schemes for Teesside. These will focus on sustainable and active travel, including faster and more reliable public transport, increased cycling and walking routes, and an integrated digital network with improvements to payment options and live travel updates.
Running until 2028, WSP’s commission builds on its recent work with TVCA to develop the Tees Valley Bus Service Implementation Plan (BSIP) and Tees Valley Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan (LCWIP), which established nearly 92km of new and improved active travel routes across Teesside.
WSP has operated in Teesside for over 40 years and opened its new office in Stockton last year. Delivery team members will be drawn from offices across the North-East, including Stockton, Newcastle and North Tyneside. Through the CRSTS programme, WSP will continue to strengthen its presence within the local community by providing training to partners and employment opportunities to residents.
Mike Holmes, Director, Transport Planning at WSP, said: “It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to continue the work WSP has provided to the Tees Valley Combined Authority by supporting them in their commitment to delivering more sustainable travel for communities across Teesside.
Through our previous development of the BSIP and LCWIP, we‘ve identified several key projects which can be delivered jointly with the TVCA and will encourage sustainable and active travel as viable modes of transport. Improved transport infrastructure can be transformative for local areas through improved mobility and connectivity for residents, businesses and visitors alike, ultimately supporting a prosperous future for the Tees Valley region.”
Paul Reilly, Executive Managing Director, Planning & Development at WSP, said: "WSP has proudly operated in Teesside for over forty years and this innovative programme will transform the region’s transport network to the benefit of its communities. Teesside has a vital role to play in the UK’s future green economy and we’re looking forward to working with the Tees Valley Combined Authority to deliver it.”
Cllr Jonathan Dulston, Combined Authority Cabinet Lead for Transport and Leader of Darlington Borough Council, said: "Our vision to transform transport across our region is an ambitious one and we are already delivering huge changes.
We are the UK’s capital for Net Zero and our transport vision is one which will work to reduce our carbon footprint and build a network fit for the future.
WSP are a company close to home with a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Cutting edge technology means we can make our roads and routes more efficient – and I’m excited about how a digital network can make our transport more reliable and easier to use.”