A1 dualling campaign is stepped up a gear

DRIVERS and residents in Northumberland are being urged to go online as the campaign to dual the A1 steps up a gear.

The fight to upgrade the road north of Morpeth received a boost earlier this year when the Government announced that the stretch from Newcastle to the Scottish Border has been made a route of strategic national importance.

A case for dualling may also be made on the basis of regional economic benefits as a result of the reclassification.

The A1 Action Group is now getting information from businesses and organisations from across the county.

But it is also calling on people to use the Government’s e-petition website to raise the campaign’s profile.

Director Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “A couple of weeks ago I got the full details of the criteria that needs to be met for the A1 to be fully dualled in Northumberland.

“They take into account the wider economic and regeneration benefits that the upgrade would bring and we have started to gather the evidence we need from companies and various groups.”

She added: “At the same time we need to keep up the pressure in Westminster and signing our e-petition will help to get the issue noticed by key politicians.”

Ms Trevelyan, the Conservative candidate for the Berwick-upon-Tweed constituency at last year’s general election, will be lobbying MPs about the campaign at next week’s national Tory conference in Manchester.

If an e-petition gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be eligible for debate in the House of Commons.

To sign the A1 Action Group’s petition visit www.dualtheA1.com/petition

Businesses can email anne-marie@dualtheA1.com to say how they would benefit if the A1 north of Morpeth was upgraded.