Many years ago when the Metro system was introduced to the North East politicians promised that everyone in the region would benefit from it.
That wasn’t the case for the people of Washington, who, sadly, still do not have a Metro station on their doorstep. The nearest one is at Pelaw, about three miles away.
Ratepayers in Washington,like everyone else in Sunderland, have had to cough up cash to pay for the Metro, yet they have been left out for too long, not exactly stranded but certainly inconvenienced.
Therefore, the Washington Star is backing MP Sharon Hodgson after the latest national transport plan failed to include any mention of an extension to the Tyne and Wear Metro network. The Washington MP wants any Metro link to form part of the wider reopening of the mothballed Leamside freight line.
We agree with her sentiment that the extra length of line would bring huge social and economic benefits to Washington.
Metro operator Nexus says bringing the system to Washington is on a list of options it is exploring.
Government ministers have the final say on the matter, and they have agreed to meet Ms Hodgson after she presented a petition to Parliament.
We welcome the move. It’s the first sign in a long time of those in power showing any interest.
We hope the meeting is successful, and we urge everyone in Washington to give their MP their backing.