Call for A1 dualling timetable

Vince Cable, Julie Porksen and Sir Alan Beith at the A1 in Northumberland
Vince Cable, Julie Porksen and Sir Alan Beith at the A1 in Northumberland

Liberal Democrat Julie Pörksen has written to the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to call for a timetable to be published for the dualling of the A1 announced in December.

Full dualling from Morpeth to Ellingham and further junction improvements and crawler lanes further north were announced in last year’s road-building programme within the Autumn Statement.

During the feasibility study, timelines of about four years of development and 12-18 months build time were discussed. The Lib Dem candidate for Berwick has now asked for specific timelines to be published as soon as possible.

She said: “I have heard from Northumbrian residents who are concerned that the commitment to dual the A1 was not followed up with a detailed timetable. Only with clarity on the process and timetable will we be able to hold the Treasury, Department for Transport and Highways Agency to account and keep the A1 on track.

“I have already met with the lead person from the Highways Agency to make them fully aware of the need for the dualled A1 to be a quality road, meeting the needs of local as well as through traffic. The design must cater for adjoining properties, bicycles, pedestrians, horses, farm traffic and bus stops, and include safe junctions and crossing points.

“Publishing a plan and timetable will enable local residents to consider how they will feed into the process of achieving a road that is fit for purpose.”