Come and see the A1 for yourself

A HOUSE of Lords transport spokesman who defended the delay in dualling the A1 north of Morpeth because he believes it is quicker to travel from Newcastle to Scotland via Carlisle than up the A1, has been invited to see the road for himself.

At a debate in the House of Lords on Monday night, Lord Walton of Detchant asked if work to upgrade the road had been considered in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement,

But Lord Attlee, a Tory whip who speaks on transport for the coalition, said it was good that part of the route had been classified as being of ‘national importance’ but added that it was quicker to travel to Scotland via Carlisle and the A69 and M6 than via Berwick.

Now director for the Dual the A1 Campaign, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, has said: “We are inviting Lord Attlee to come up to the North East to hear for himself why this is a key infrastructure project which should be funded by Government to help re-balance the nation’s economy and support the North East’s businesses and future prosperity.”

Sir Alan Beith MP and his wife Diana, who sits in the House of Lords as Baroness Maddox, also raised the A1 issue this week.

In the Lords, Baroness Maddox brought up safety on the A1 and the need for dualling while Sir Alan received a letter from Transport Minister Justine Greening which recognises how important A1 dualling is to people in the North East.