Hundreds back petition to extend Metro to Washington

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HUNDREDS of people have backed a fresh call to extend the Metro into Washington.

An online petition is urging transport chiefs to make the change, offering the town a rail route into Sunderland and Newcastle.

Adam Robson, who is behind the campaign, said: “This would help reduce the car dependency of the town as well as help reduce congestion elsewhere.”

More than 840 people have already added their names to the petition, which will be sent to the Department for Transport.

Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson said: “The huge response to this petition has been fantastic, and shows just how much the residents of Washington and the wider area see this as the necessary next step in developing the Metro network.”

Nexus, which operates the system, said consideration has been given to creating a line between Pelaw and Washington, as well as Sunderland to Seaham and Sunderland to Doxford Park. The estimated cost of extending the Metro system to Washington is between £200million and £300million.

A Nexus spokesman said: “It is clear that any project would need to win a large amount of Government funding based on a robust business case that shows the economic benefits in order to justify the costs.

“We expect to send the list of options to the Tyne and Wear ITA in the Spring as a first step towards developing further plans.”