MP meets Prime Minister over A1 dualling in Northumberland

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Prime Minister David Cameron.
Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Prime Minister David Cameron.

North Northumberland MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan has met the Prime Minister to discuss plans for dualling the A1.

At a breakfast meeting in the Cabinet room at No 10, the founder of the Dual the A1 campaign discussed her bid for full dualling of the route between Newcastle and Edinburgh.

She also outlined her proposal to to rename the A1(M) to Newcastle as the M1.

“Now that the road from the M18 all the way to Newcastle is motorway standard, it deserved to be part of the motorway system so I will push hard for this categorisation upgrade with the department of transport.”

She added: “Both the Prime Minister and the Chancellor, have demonstrated their commitment to listen to, and act upon, the needs of our rural communities and are continuing to progress with impact plans for the Northern Powerhouse.”

Mrs Trevelyan also asked David Cameron for his support to get full rural broadband completed.

She said: “Myself and other rural MPs have set up the Rural Broadband All-Party Parliamentary Group and met with the Prime Minister to discuss our plans to ensure that the remaining five to 10 per cent of properties, located in some of the most remote and far flung corners of England, get access to super-fast broadband as soon as possible.”

She has also backed plans to extend the Local Government Ombudsman’s remit to include town and parish councils. She had submitted a written parliamentary question to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) asking when it plans to publish the results of its consultation on extending the remit of the Local Government Ombudsman to include larger parish and town councils.

She was advised that DCLG are currently considering the responses which they had received from parish and town councils, district councils, local government representative bodies and the public and that they are doing this in the context of the government’s intention to publish a draft Bill creating a single Public Service Ombudsman.

“I fully support these plans and will be pushing for a Single Service Ombudsman. It is very clear to me, having spoken to many people about problems within town and parish councils in my constituency and elsewhere, that there is an urgent need to extend the Ombudsman role and create a means of external intervention when things go wrong,” she said.