Lib Dems push case for A1 dualling at party conference

A Northumberland MP is pushing for contracts to be let for upgrading the A1 as soon as possible if funding is confirmed to ensure the scheme makes good progress.

At this week’s Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow, Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander cited action to improve the road as part of the infrastructure recovery plan for the country.

And Sir Alan Beith, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, caught up with Mr Alexander to discuss the latest on dualling the A1 in Northumberland.

“It is absolutely vital that we get contracts out to tender and then agree to make sure work starts on these stretches of the A1,” said Mr Beith.

“Very little preparatory work needs to be done to make this happen and I will keep on fighting for this vital work for our area.

“Coming from a large rural constituency, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury understands how important good road connections are and we will continue to work with the Treasury and transport ministers to get work started on the A1.”

Julie Pörksen, the Lib Dem candidate for Berwick-upon-Tweed in the 2015 General Election, was also involved in the discussions with Mr Alexander.

She said the stretches between Morpeth and Felton and at Mousen near Belford are the top priorities.

“The Chief Secretary to the Treasury has played a key role in forcing the Department of Transport to re-examine the case for dualling the A1 in Northumberland,” she added.

“Sir Alan Beith and I had very helpful discussions with him ahead of the Autumn Statement and we will continue to make sure that Northumberland’s needs remain on the infrastructure agenda.

“We are determined that the Coalition Government will make the work start as soon as possible.”