Campaigner calls for A1 dualling timetable

Julie Porksen
Julie Porksen

A clear timetable must be published for dualling the A1 north of Morpeth, a campaigner has said.

Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Berwick Julie Porksen has written to Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander seeking further details of the dualling announcement made in December.

The Government has included dualling eight miles of carriageway between Morpeth and Felton, and a further five miles from Alnwick to Ellingham, in its Roads Investment Strategy.

However, Ms Porksen says residents need more detail.

“I have heard from Northumbrian residents who are concerned that the commitment to dual the A1 was not followed up with a detailed timetable,” she said.

“Only with clarity on the process and timetable will we be able to hold the Treasury, Department for Transport and Highways Agency to account and keep the A1 on track.

“I have met with the lead person from the Highways Agency to make them fully aware of the need for the dualled A1 to be a quality road, meeting the needs of local as well as through traffic. The design must cater for adjoining properties, bicycles, pedestrians, horses, farm traffic and bus stops, and include safe junctions and crossing points.

“Publishing a plan and timetable will enable local residents to consider how they will feed into the process of achieving a road that is fit for purpose.”

A feasibility study suggested the scheme could take four years of development and up to 18 months to build.