Sharon Hodgson MP

Washington & Gateshead South Constituency

Sharon Hodgson MP's report - Jan-Feb 2021 no 136

Sharon Hodgson MP's report - Jan-Feb 2021 no 136


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News from Westminster

Welcome to my monthly online report - which details some of the highlights from Westminster and the constituency.


Leamside Line petition This week I have launched a petition which calls on the Government to re-open the mothballed Leamside rail line in full.  It is the railway line that goes from Pelaw to Ferryhill, and its re-opening in full would bring back rail to Washington. It is expected that the decision to re-open it or not will be made by the Government this Spring as part of its “Integrated Rail Plan”, so now is the time to ramp up campaigning.  It would be absolutely tragic and frankly ludicrous if the Leamside line was only partially opened, and did not reach Washington, which despite its growing population of 70,000 has not had passenger rail since 1963. There is no doubt that this part of Tyne and Wear could be transformed by a rail line linking it to Sunderland, Shields, Gateshead and County Durham, especially if that incorporated an extension of the Metro as well as heavy passenger rail.

As reported on BBC website >

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