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Leamside Line petition goes to Parliament

WASHINGTON has taken another step closer to restoring local rail service as a petition was today presented to Parliament

Sharon Hodgson, MP for Washington and Sunderland West, presented the appeal this evening, calling on the Government to reopen the Leamside rail line that runs from Pelaw to Ferryhill, through Washington and Penshaw as part of the upcoming Integrated Rail Plan.

The news comes just four weeks on from the launch of the petition, which has now received more than 1,800 signatures in a bid to show support for the return of local trains.

It has been presented to Parliament this week to accompany a bid for the Restoring Your Railways fund, led by both Ms Hodgson and Paul Howell MP.

“I am delighted to present this petition to Parliament, to demonstrate the overwhelming support the campaign to re-open the mothballed Leamside line has received,” Ms Hodgson said.

“While ensuring that Washington, one of the largest towns in the UK without a rail link, finally sees the return of rail after 53 years, the re-opening of this line would have economic and connectivity benefits for the whole region.

“I am excited to hear the Department for Transport’s response.”

The Restoring Your Railways bid will be submitted on Friday 5th March.