A1 back on the agenda

A CAMPAIGNER has met the Government Minister for Roads to discuss efforts to dual the A1 north of Morpeth.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan spoke with Mike Penning MP in Westminster about the cost of the prolonged roadworks on the road near Felton and about prospects for permanent improvements to the key route.

The Conservative candidate for the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency during last year’s General Election received a promise from her party before the poll to add the A1 to the list of roads considered for improvements using national funds.

A consultation on transferring the road to the National Strategic Network was completed at Christmas and the road will be reclassified imminently.

She said: “For months local people have seen roadworks along a section of the A1 between Felton and Alnwick.

“Scarce money is being used to spruce up a section of dual carriageway that is in the middle of a 60-mile stretch of dangerous single track road. Surely this money can be better spent on permanent improvements to the A1 north of Morpeth.

“The Minister has kindly met me to discuss the prospects for finally seeing the A1 dualled throughout Northumberland.

“We discussed how the A1 Action Group can be most effective in providing evidence that the A1 dualling must be done sooner rather than later, now that our road is on the national list of priority roads awaiting investment.”