Extension of the Tyne and Wear Metro to Washington

Petitions – in the House of Commons at 9:32 pm on 6th May 2014.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Equalities) 9:32 pm, 6th May 2014

I am pleased to be able to present this petition asking the House of Commons to urge the Government to examine the feasibility of extending the Tyne and Wear Metro to Washington and bringing the Leamside railway line back into use. The petitioners and I believe that doing so would boost jobs and growth in Washington, and indeed in the wider region. The petition is accompanied by one along the same lines collected by Adam Robson from Washington, which as of today has been signed by 1,585 people on the change.org website.

The petition states:

The Petition of residents of the United Kingdom,

Declares that the Petitioners believe that the extension of the Tyne and Wear Metro to Washington is a vital, yet missing, part of the region’s transport system, and further that such an extension would make a significant contribution to the economic development of the town.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Secretary of State for Transport to seriously explore the feasibility of extending the Tyne and Wear Metro to the town of Washington, utilising the old Leamside railway line.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.

[P001346]