Horden and Peterlee are to get a new railway station, the Department for Transport has confirmed.

A funding application made by Durham County Council to the New Stations Fund has been successful.

It means the station, to be located at South East View in Horden, will be up and running as early as 2020.

Under Secretary of State Paul Maynard MP said in a Department for Transport letter to Grahame Morris, MP for Easington: “As you may be aware, we announced £20m for a second round of the New Stations Fund in 2016, following the success of the first £20m round, which has already delivered passenger benefits in South Wales, the East Midlands, the South West and South East through new stations. We have funded this competition to improve journeys for passengers, and create new leisure, training, employment and business opportunities, by supporting the delivery of new and fully accessible stations.

“Durham County Council applied to the New Stations Fund to deliver the new Horden Peterlee station. Following the evaluation of all of the applications we received, I am delighted to inform you that we will be supporting this new station. This means that the new Horden Peterlee station will be benefiting passengers and opening up access to new rail journeys in the North East from March 2020 at the latest.

“Our priority is to deliver improved journeys for rail passengers across the country, and we look forward to this station providing real benefits to the people of Horden and Peterlee.”

A statement on Durham County Council’s website says: “A range of sites in Horden have been assessed and we have been working with Network Rail and other key transport stakeholders to identify a preferred viable site.

“The preferred site at South East View was chosen based on its suitability and how accessible it is.”