‘Compelling case’ for A1 dualling, says Osborne

Chancellor George Osborne and Anne-Marie Trevelyan besides the A1.

Chancellor George Osborne and Anne-Marie Trevelyan besides the A1.

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Campaigners fighting to dual the A1 in Northumberland received some good news from the Chancellor during his visit to the region when he recognised the strong case being made for upgrades.

As reported on the Gazette website, George Osborne was in north Northumberland last week to unveil a £22.5million fund to help rural businesses and during his visit, he stopped alongside the A1 with campaigner Anne-Marie Trevelyan to see for himself the reasons why upgrades to the single-carriageway stretches are so desperately needed.

Mr. Osborne’s visit comes on the back of a feasibility study commissioned by the Department for Transport that is currently underway and which is closely examining the evidence in support of A1 dualling. The findings of the A1 study will be presented to central government and if strict value-for-money criteria are met, funding could finally be released to upgrade the undualled sections of the A1.

 

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