12 April 2013
You have to feel sorry for Jeff Reid.
Two years ago I started a petition calling for the Metro to come to Blyth. Thousands of people signed it.
Ill-advised by officers appointed after he took over as Leader at County Hall, Jeff Reid rejected the petition and said heavy trains were the answer, even though he's made zero progress with the idea.
Now along comes Lord Adonis, appointed by the government Jeff supports, and what does he say in his North East Economic Review?
Blyth should be connected to Metro as part of the regional growth strategy. It's on page 30 Jeff, in case you haven't looked.
That's precious reward for all Jeff's support for the coalition, that their expert should so publicly rebuke Jeff for being so wrong about connecting Blyth to the Metro.
And it's two years wasted when we could have been working on this project, instead of Jeff fiddling while the economy of South East Northumberland shrinks.