Tory Prospective Parliamentary Candidate and Dual the A1 campaign director, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, has continued to lobby colleagues at the Conservative Party Conference today ahead of an eagerly-anticipated Government announcement on upgrading the road.
It comes as a feasibility study on dualling the road between Morpeth and the Scottish border is being completed in advance of what is hoped will be a positive announcement in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, which takes place on Wednesday, December 3.
The Chancellor himself appeared to be supportive as recently as July this year. During a visit to north Northumberland, George Osborne said he believes there is a ‘compelling case’ for dualling the A1.
Yesterday, Mr Osborne talked of improving ‘connectivity’, of creating a ‘northern powerhouse’ and addressing the ‘disparities between different parts of the country’, while Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for Transport, said: “Britain deserves a transport system that works. Investment into the A1 will sort out long-term failures.”
Mrs Trevelyan spoke to both of the senior Cabinet Ministers today and continued to press for full dualling of the A1 and a funding commitment from the Government.
“I am increasingly optimistic about the outcome of the feasibility report, but, as a campaigner, I know now is not the time to take my foot off the pedal,” she added.
After meeting Mrs Trevelyan earlier, Mr McLoughlin said: “Anne-Marie has been constantly lobbying me and my predecessors on the A1. The fact that the feasibility study was commissioned was a direct result of all her years of work and commitment to her campaign.”