A1 reaction: Announcement sparks fury in the ‘forgotten north’

Ellingham junction of the A1 25 miles south of Berwick, where the dual road will become single carriageway
Ellingham junction of the A1 25 miles south of Berwick, where the dual road will become single carriageway
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Residents further north in the county have been left underwhelmed at best by the £290million upgrade of the A1 in Northumberland.

The Government is to dual the route between Morpeth and Ellingham, leaving 25 miles to the Scottish border as single carriageway apart from some new overtaking lanes.

On Facebook, Ev Borthwick said: “Another kick in the teeth for Berwick! Every part of the road dualled apart from the last and most dangerous 25 miles leading to the town of Berwick. How is this a good thing for the town?

“Westminster sending Berwick a clear message. This borders outpost is being ignored...yet again.”

Paul Foreman added: “Alnwick wins and Berwick misses out again says it all really,

“Just to top it off the Coalition informs us that this is good for Berwick? Please don’t insult us.”

David Morton Mugen commented: “Oh dear oh dear, time for all the local Tories to go into hiding after all the boasts about how it was Anne-Marie Trevelyan and her tireless campaigning and close links with George Osborne that secured the deal.

“Unfortunately they aren’t the only losers, everyone in Berwick is.”

Brian Parkin said: “Can’t believe they’re both trying to claim credit for this ‘victory’!

“What victory? It makes Berwick look even more of an outpost than before.”

Jennifer Hardgrave added: “And will Mr Beith and Ms Trevelyan be rushing to take the credit for this outstanding failure?”

Victoria Dollin commented: “It’s a joke! I travel from Belford to Berwick quite regularly and it’s a very slow & dangerous road.”

George Thompson said: “After today’s news does England want Berwick though? We would prosper as ‘gateway to Scotland’ instead of being a forgotten outpost.

“Not Scottish in any way but a proud Berwicker who thinks now is the time to look north after the latest kick in the teeth.”