West Park Garden Village
West Park Garden Village's location lends itself to utilisation of the nearby A1(M), rail links and regional airports. Footpath and cycle routes also connect to the wider area via the designated cycle networks and public rights of way.
The creation of a sustainable community relies heavily on successfully integrating buildings, local facilities, transport routes and landscaping in order to provide a diverse environment, capable of fulfilling the needs of the residents. In order to satisfy these requirements, it is important to ensure pedestrian routes and public transport take priority over private vehicles. This interaction supports recreational and community facilities within the vicinity, as well as benefitting the environment.
Public Transport - Bus Services
There are a number of good road connections in place around West Park Garden Village which ensures that there are numerous bus services operating on a daily basis within the existing West Park site and surrounding areas.
Two bus routes take in the existing West Park Development along Edward Pease Way, numbers 16/16A (Scarlet Band) and 19 (Arriva). Both travel around the Faverdale Industrial Estate, onto West Auckland Road and on into the town. The number 19 takes a more direct route along Woodland Road, with 16/16A taking in both Mowden and Harowgate Hill. The number 16/16A route also crosses the A1(M) into Heighington and Newton Aycliffe. Both routes operate during the daytime Monday to Saturday, the number 19 service being a regular service into town.
The 1/1B/X1 (Arriva) bus runs along West Auckland Road in both directions taking passengers into town via Woodland Road and
also out of Darlington to Bishop Auckland and Tow Law. This operates daytime and evenings Monday – Saturday, and Sunday daytime.
It is envisaged that the southern end of the proposed development will have footpath links into the Branksome Estate, across and along Newton Lane and Jedburgh Drive. These links will provide short pedestrian access to the number 2 (Arriva) bus route into the town centre. The nearby Stooperdale Estate to the south of West Park is also served by the number 4 (Arriva) service which takes passengers into the town centre, via Brinkburn Road.
The development proposals present an opportunity to provide a road link to support a circular bus route to serve the area.
Public Transport - Rail Network
Darlington railway station is an important interchange stop on the East Coast Main Line and has regular services to London Kings Cross (avg 2hr 30min), Edinburgh Waverley (2hr 5min), Manchester Piccadilly (2hr), Manchester Airport (2hr 30min) Leeds City Station (1hr) and Newcastle (30min).
Darlington also benefits from having excellent access to local rail services through the Bishop Line rail network. The line comprises of six, centrally located stations, including Darlington (Bank Top), Darlington North Road, Heighington, Newton Aycliffe, Shildon and as far as Bishop Auckland.
Both Darlington stations are within easy access from West Park by cycling, local bus routes or by car. Darlington also has access to the Tees Valley line which connects all the main settlements of the Tees Valley and runs from Bishop Auckland to Saltburn via Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough and Redcar among many other smaller settlements.
Public Transport - Airports
Durham Tees Valley Airport is 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Darlington town centre and serves County Durham and Teesside. It has flights to some domestic locations across the UK and regular flights to Amsterdam, an international gateway to destinations throughout Europe and the World.
The nearest larger airports are Newcastle Airport (47 miles / 76.6 km) and Leeds Bradford International Airport (62 miles /100km).