Calls to speed up the decision on A1 dualling

Sir Alan Beith,  Ref: JCNG cleggbeith 19

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Two Liberal Democrats are pushing the Government to bring forward the decision on dualling the A1 in north Northumberland.

The call came from Julie Pörksen and Sir Alan Beith MP after they found out that no further analysis of the road between Morpeth and Felton and at Mousen Bends near Belford is needed by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Alan Ferguson, Greg Clark MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, and Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Dual the A1 campaign director near the A1 at Morpeth where it becomes single-track.
Alan Ferguson, Greg Clark MP, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, and Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Dual the A1 campaign director near the A1 at Morpeth where it becomes single-track.

Speaking after last week’s meeting of the A1 Stakeholders’ Group, Ms Pörksen said: “Officials have told me that they hope a decision will be made in time for the Autumn Statement, but we are asking them to bring forward the decision on these stretches so work can get underway.”

Sir Alan added that Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has told him he wants to see the work go ahead and the Transport Secretary also seems keen.

Meanwhile, Dual the A1 campaign director Anne-Marie Trevelyan is urging supporters to keep up the pressure because an improved A1 is vital to securing jobs in the North East.

“Encouraging employment figures released this month show that 54,000 jobs have been created in the North East since the last election,” she said. “But although these figures are good, we can still go further.”

 

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