The Government has published its Highways England Delivery Plan for 2015 to 2020, which includes the goal of starting work on dualling the A1 in Northumberland in 2018.
The plan features details of all of the road projects across the country and includes the next steps for the A1 north of Newcastle scheme, announced in December, which will result in dual carriageway from Morpeth all the way up to Ellingham as well as other improvements further north.
This year, further development and appraisal work will take place to inform consultation with key stakeholders, while traffic and environmental surveys will also be started, ahead of public exhibitions and consultation in 2016. The preferred route will then be announced in 2017, with work commencing in 2018.
Lib Dem candidate for the Berwick constituency, Julie Pörksen, has welcomed the publication of the outline plan and said: “I am pleased we have an outline timetable for A1 improvements and the inclusion of stakeholder and public consultation.
“It is essential that the A1 is dualled safely and that we have a road that is fit for purpose both for through traffic and for local use. The safety of crossings for vehicles as well as pedestrians, cyclists and horses as well as bus stops will be key.
“I will be asking Highways England that when they are undertaking their preliminary traffic survey work they can use it as evidence for the case to dual the A1 to Berwick.
“This timetable is welcome news and gives all residents, businesses and road-safety campaigners the opportunity to keep up the pressure on the Government so that we have the best possible solution for the A1 in Northumberland.”