A1 dualling timetable within weeks

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The timetable for dualling the A1 north of Morpeth will be published in the next month, campaigners have been told.

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith and Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for the constituency Julie Pörksen have welcomed the news from Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander.

This is good news for the many local residents who have told me that they want know what is happening and want to feed into the consultation process before the A1 is dualled.

Julie Porksen

Mr Alexander has said that the five year Delivery Plan, including a detailed programme of work, will be made public in the coming weeks and updated on an annual basis.

Mrs Pörksen, who has been pressing for the timetable, said: “I am pleased that Danny Alexander has responded to my request and has committed to the imminent publication of the Delivery Plan.

“This is good news for the many local residents who have told me that they want know what is happening and want to feed into the consultation process before the A1 is dualled.

“Concerns have been raised that the design must take into account the need for the dualled A1 to be a safe road for local traffic, including buses, farm traffic, pedestrians, cyclists and horses.

“I have also asked the Highways Agency and Northumberland County Council to make sure that the A1068, A697 and any other roads to be used as diversions during the build are considered in the plan to dual the A1 so that they are made both safe and free-flowing before the actual building work on the A1 starts.”

Sir Alan added: “I welcome these steps to publish the timetable as I remember Malcolm Rifkind coming up and announcing plans to dual the A1 back in 1992 only to cancel them once the Conservatives won the election.

“Julie Pörksen and I are working hard to make sure that there will be no u-turns on the A1 this time.”