Fight to dual the A1 will continue after pensioner is killed

NHS supplement' Anne-Marie Trevelyan.
NHS supplement' Anne-Marie Trevelyan.

A campaigner has vowed to continue the fight for A1 dualling after a pensioner was killed on a single-carriageway stretch, just days before Christmas.

Margaret Hilda Foley, from South Shields, died after her Nissan Note collided with a lorry.

The incident happened on the morning of Monday, December 23, near Berwick, 100 yards north of Haggerston.

The 81-year-old was cut free by firefighters and treated at the scene by paramedics but died on her way to Wansbeck General Hospital.

The driver of the lorry, a 55-year-old man, escaped injury.

The tragic incident increases the death toll on single-carriageway sections of the road, between Morpeth and Berwick.

And Anne-Marie Trevelyan, founder of the A1 Action Group, has renewed calls for the road to be widened.

She said: “We will keep fighting to get the A1 fully dualled from Morpeth to Scotland in order to reduce accidents like this one.

“This is an unnecessary fatality due to a stretch of road that, for far too long, has been allowed to remain in a poor quality in the 21st century.”

In the summer, the Government announced that a feasibility study would be carried out into an upgrade in north Northumberland.

Anne-Marie added: “Another family unit has been destroyed by something that should have been invested in for the North East’s benefit.

“It motivates me to keep pushing forward to make sure that the feasibility report comes out as soon as possible so we can push for funding in next year’s budget.”