WATCH: Chancellor thanked for A1 funding

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Conservative A1 campaigner Anne-Marie Trevelyan and her supporters have produced a banner thanking the Chancellor for the £290million which will be used to upgrade the A1 in Northumberland.

To mark today’s Autumn Statement from George Osborne, they unveiled it on the single-carriageway section of the A1 north of Alnwick which will be dualled.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan says thank you for the �290million to dual parts of the A1

Anne-Marie Trevelyan says thank you for the �290million to dual parts of the A1

Anne-Marie said: “This is a massive investment into Northumberland, I don’t think we have seen this sort of commitment for decades and we are really excited as the Dual the A1 campaign to stand up and shout about it.

“We also wanted to say thank you to the Chancellor. I think it’s probably a fairly lonely job, understandably, and actually no one says thank you.

“I think Northumberland really wants to thank him for taking the time and effort to come and listen, change their whole position and actually understand why it’s so important that the A1 is dualled.”

Asked to respond to those disappointed that the dualling does not extend to the Berwick and the border, she added: “This is the first tranche of funding. I committed when I set up the campaign seven years ago to get the road dualled and that’s what I’m going to do.”