Plans to extend Metro to Doxford Park, Ryhope, Washington and Seaham

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METRO bosses have unveiled plans to extend the network to include Washington, Doxford Park, the MetroCentre and parts of County Durham.

Tyne and Wear transport executive Nexus has unveiled plans to significantly extend the Metro network into Sunderland, Washington and Seaham by 2030.

New stations would include Premier Road, Alnwick Road, Doxford, Ryhope, Seaham, The Galleries and two others in Washington.

There have been calls for years for the Metro system to be extended to Washington and other parts of western Sunderland, perhaps using the mothballed Leamside Line.

Taking the Metro to Doxford Park perhaps by using tram-style vehicles, was also suggested as a way of easing parking congestion at the busy business estate.

There are also plans for new-style Metro trains to run on the routes.

The proposals, however, would be subject to Government funding.

Bernard Garner, director general of Nexus, said its strategy for Metro was aimed at providing “sustainable transport vital to the region’s prosperity”.

He said: “They key objective is to secure a new fleet to replace the existing trains, which have been use since 1980.”

The new trains include improved accessibility, better environmental performance and reduced energy consumption.

The Tyne and Wear metro is already mid-way through a £500m revamp of rolling stock, stations and facilities.

•View a map of the proposed new stations here