Chancellor George Osborne has said there is “a compelling case” for dualling the A1 north of Morpeth.
The politician was invited to see the road for himself during a visit to Northumberland and heard from Dual The A1 Campaign Director Anne-Marie Trevelyan about why upgrades are needed.
A feasibility study commissioned by the Department for Transport is already under way to examine the evidence in support of A1 dualling in Northumberland, and if strict value-for-money criteria are met, funding could be released for the work. Mr Osborne said: “Anne-Marie has personally raised with me the need to support rural businesses and communities and she has put firmly on the table the issue of the A1 and what we can do to make it a better road.
“On the back of Anne-Marie’s campaign we have commissioned the feasibility study and we must wait to see what it finds, though personally I believe there is a compelling case.
“The very fact that there is a study under way is a huge advance on where we were before and that is down to the tireless campaigning and energy that Anne-Marie and her supporters have put into this cause.” Mrs Trevelyan, who is the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Berwick, said: “Residents and businesses know very well that dualling the A1 through Northumberland is vital, not only to the local economy, but also in terms of safety.
“The benefits that a fully dualled A1 could bring would be felt both north and south of the border so it must remain a key strategic aim.”
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