South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck – recovering at home after breaking her ankle in this weekend’s Great North Run – has expressed her concern at the weekend’s Metro chaos.
The town MP has been a long-time advocate of increased investment in the system’s infrastructure and has made appeals direct to government for urgent cash support.
But she is also critical of the delays faced by Metro passengers before and after Sunday’s famous half-marathon from Newcastle to South Shields.
She said: “I really don’t think it is good enough. This is an event held every year and Nexus and DB Regio are fully aware that 57,000 people are leaving South Shields and there should be a plan in place.”
Mrs Lewell-Buck also relived the moment she fell near the Robin Hood pub in Jarrow during Sunday’s race.
She said: “I had run about seven miles. I looked around slightly when I heard someone shouting my name and I turned my ankle in a little crack in the road. When the ambulance crew came I thought it might just be sprained and that I could strap it up and continue, but I had to go to hospital.
“The nurses at Accident and Emergency at South Tyneside District Hospital were fantastic. When I was in there they were dealing with lots of fractures and strains but they had me in and out of there in no time.”
The timing of the accident couldn’t have been worse for the MP, in the week when new Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn takes up his post.
Mrs Lewell-Buck will be watching Mr Corbyn’s first appearance at Prime Minister’s Questions at home on TV – with her ankle in a cast.
She had been due to speak in yesterday’s Trade Union bill debate in Parliament too and in two other Commons debates.
“It’s really frustrating, the timing couldn’t have been worse,” she added.