I've been campaigning for years to bring the Metro to Washington. It's just not right that Washington residents pay for the Nexus network through their council tax, but don't benefit directly from it.
I believe that having at least one Metro station in the town will bring huge benefits - allowing residents to access job opportunities in the rest of the region, as well as bringing more people and businesses into the local area.
I was delighted when Nexus published plans to extend the network to bring 3 stations to Washington, as detailed in the picture above - but if it's ever going to happen, it will need investment from central Government, and 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, with thousands of signatures collected by Sun FM, the Washington Star and local resident Adam Robson.
To keep up the momentum I'm planning on tabling another one in early 2015, so if you agree that Washington deserves to be on the Metro Map, please add your name below, and share this page with your friends and relatives through social media and good old-fashioned word of mouth. I'll then update you whenever there's any progress on the campaign.
Thanks for your support for this important campaign.
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.
MO MONEY, NO PROBLEM!
Sharon Hodgson, Member of Parliament for Washington and Sunderland West, joined staff at Washington Components Ltd in Washington on Friday for a ceremonial shaving session to mark the end of their now annual fundraising drive for men's health charities.
Sharon pictured here with Mr Anthony Sutherland MD of Washington Components Ltd in Washington and staff, being shaved by Daccs stylists after their Movember marathon.
Sharon Hodgson meets with St John Ambulance volunteers, and the man whose life they saved.
Pictured left to right: John Sharp (from Newcastle) - Emergency Transport Attendant, St John Ambulance; Sharon Hodgson; Mr Keith Richards (from Stanley) - driver AAH Pharmaceuticals, Gateshead; and Ryan Robson (from Sunderland) - Ambulance Team Leader, St John Ambulance.