The reopening of at least part of the mothballed 21-mile Leamside Line in County Durham could become a serious prospect if Transport North East’s £745 million plan to extend the Tyne & Wear Metro attracts government interest.
The first steps have been taken to prepare the business case to provide services from Pelaw and South Hylton to Washington, which is the fourth largest population centre in the UK without a station.
TNE has to secure approval from the North East Joint Transport Committee (JTC) for the new stations it proposes in Follingsby, Washington North and Washington South. There would also be a need to extend the present order with Stadler for its new Class 555 sets beyond the present 46.
It is reckoned that the ‘Washington Metro Loop’ will generate nearly eight million extra Metro passenger journeys a year, as well as opening up work areas in Newcastle and Sunderland and at the International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IMAP). It will also be easier to reach Newcastle Airport.
The business case is part-funded by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and Transport North East.
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