MP Sharon Hodgson is stepping up her battle to bring the Tyne and Wear Metro to Washington.
The MP for Washington and Sunderland West will table her fourth petition to Parliament calling for the examination of a feasibility study into the proposals, which it is hoped will boost business and job opportunities in the town.
Thousands of people have signed the petition, the fourth to be tabled in Parliament since 2010.
It is expected to go before MPs early next year.
It follows the publication of plans by Nexus for the future of the Metro network, including three stations in Washington.
Mrs Hodgson said: “Hosting a petition is a new feature I’ve been able to put on my website and I’ve been really pleased with the response so far. Hopefully, by the New Year, I’ll be able to present another petition to Parliament with hundreds more names, to ensure that the campaign stays on the radar of Transport Ministers and officials.
“The more this is talked about locally and nationally as an important infrastructure project, the better the chance of the Government committing to make it happen.”
Tyne and Wear transport executive Nexus said it wanted to extend the network, which would mean the introduction of a circular route connecting Pelaw, Washington, South Hylton, Sunderland and East Boldon, formed by linking the disused Leamside line and the former Sunderland to Durham rail line west of South Hylton, with a diversion into the town centre.
“I was delighted when Nexus published plans to extend the network to bring three stations to Washington,” said Mrs Hodgson.
“But if it’s ever going to happen, it will need investment from central Government.
“For that to happen, we need to demonstrate that there’s widespread public support for it.
“Since 2010, I’ve tabled three petitions in Parliament.
“To keep up the momentum, I’m planning on tabling another one in early 2015.”
To support the campaign, visit www.sharonhodgson.org.