There will always be doubters about any promises made by the Government, and particularly those made about north Northumberland, remote as it is from Westminster
Perhaps the ingrained belief that it is just empty words with no follow-up is even more understandable in the case of the A1, which has been the subject of countless dashed hopes and disappointments.
But as we said in December following the announcement of the £290million of funding and it also appears to be the case now, the right people are saying all the right things.
Following the latest fatality on a single-carriageway stretch, the obvious response is to say, get on with it.
But a major infrastructure project, such as upgrading 13 miles of trunk road, which involves the expenditure of almost £300million of taxpayers’ money is always going to take time to develop.
The Prime Minister said that work may be able to get started on the ground within the next Parliament. Until then, we need to be patient while keeping up the pressure.