Simon Clarke MP is on the train to Westminster after a really good meeting with Ben Houchen - Tees Valley Mayor and Transpennine Express about extending their Manchester Airport service so it starts and finishes in Saltburn. This would be a hugely positive development for tens of thousands of East Cleveland residents and would open up our area for tourism too.
Crucially, running the service to and from Saltburn rather than Middlesbrough would improve the reliability of the service as there would be a better turnaround time.
Ben and Simon emphasised there is huge public enthusiasm for this and we will now progress to technical meetings between the Combined Authority, Transport for the North and TPE to thrash out the options and costings. Hopefully there is a good chance we can make this happen!