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Coordinates: 54°36′18″N 1°15′25″W / 54.605°N 1.257°W / 54.605; -1.257

Map of the five boroughs of the Tees Valley within England

The Tees Valley is an area in the North East of England. It can be described as "greater Teesside" and consists of the four unitary authorities created by the breakup of the County of Cleveland in 1996: Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, and Stockton-On-Tees along with the borough of Darlington which became a unitary authority in 1997.

For ceremonial purposes the areas north and south of the River Tees belong to the counties of County Durham and North Yorkshire respectively (those areas which form part of North Yorkshire, lie within the historic county boundaries of the North Riding of Yorkshire). This arrangement is affirmed by the presence of an appropriate office of the Lord Lieutenancy, representing HM The Queen in these established geographical areas.

The Tees Valley area covers the lower, flatter (and much more urban) area of the valley of the River Tees; the more rural upland valley of the Tees is known as Teesdale.

Most members of the local population refuse to use the term 'Tees Valley' so much so that the local airport is still widely known as 'Teesside Airport' rather than its official name Durham Tees Valley Airport.

There is also much local anger regarding the re branding of the area into Tees Valley. Most of the local population see it as the work of local bureaucrats who have not consulted the population on the subject.


This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Tees Valley at current basic prices published (pp.240-253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.

Year Regional Gross Value Added[1] Agriculture[2] Industry[3] Services[4]
1995 6,347 26 2,746 3,574
2000 7,362 23 2,716 4,622
2003 8,069 22 2,568 5,478

^  includes hunting and forestry

^  includes energy and construction

^  includes Financial Intermediation Services Indirectly Measured

^  Components may not sum to totals due to rounding

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