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A petition calling for the extension of the Tyne and Wear Metro to Washington has been presented to Parliament.
The 1736-signature document is the fourth the Washington and Sunderland West Labour MP Sharon Hodgson has submitted on the issue.
She said she hoped it would encourage the government to act.
Metro operator Nexus has proposed adding a further 20 stations by 2030, though a full-scale feasibility study is needed.
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Pelaw: V3 67636 with empty stock from Heaton CS for the Durham Rail Tour of 13 October 1962. After crossing the King Edward Bridge and run east to reach Pelaw the train has turned south under the A184 ...
K A Gray 13/10/1962


Washington South Junction: 37078+37067 arriving off the Stanhope and Tyne route at Washington South Junction in the late 1970s with a train of iron ore empties from Consett. The train will reverse in Washington sidings before h ...
Ewan Crawford Collection //


Usworth: The site of Usworth station on the old main line through County Durham via Leamside in May 1992. View is north towards Pelaw Junction over the former A1290 level crossing.
John Furnevel 07/05/1992

The reopening of Wearside's disused Leamside railway line has moved a step closer.
The North Eastern Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has commissioned a study into the business case for reopening the line.
The move comes just weeks after the last ever meeting of the Tyne and Wear Integrated Transport Authority heard about a Nexus plan to introduce a new circular Metro route, connecting Pelaw, Washington, South Hylton, Sunderland and East Boldon, by connecting the Leamside line and the former Sunderland to Durham rail line west of South Hylton.
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South Hylton: A Tyne and Wear Metro service shortly after arrival at South Hylton terminus in the summer of 2004. Prior to 1967 the line crossed the road in the background and continued on to join the Leamside line ...
John Furnevel 04/07/2004


Pelaw: V3 67636 with empty stock from Heaton CS for the Durham Rail Tour of 13 October 1962. After crossing the King Edward Bridge and run east to reach Pelaw the train has turned south under the A184 ...
K A Gray 13/10/1962


Usworth: The site of Usworth station on the old main line through County Durham via Leamside in May 1992. View is north towards Pelaw Junction over the former A1290 level crossing.
John Furnevel 07/05/1992

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