A Tory campaigner is calling on the Highways Agency to ensure that roadworks on the A1, which she has branded disruptive, are resolved in time for Christmas.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the Conservative parliamentary candidate for Berwick-upon-Tweed, wants the resurfacing work on the dual-carriageway stretch just south of Alnwick, to be completed by the scheduled date of Monday, December 22.
The southbound carriageway is currently closed off and a 24-hour contraflow is in operation, as part of the upgrade.
The work was meant to commence on November 24, but this was delayed by a week, meaning the finish date has been pushed back by two days.
Anne-Marie, who is also the director of the Dual the A1 Campaign, said: “I sincerely hope that this deadline is met as I know from speaking to residents, in villages such as Newton on the Moor and Swarland, that this has caused them a lot of inconvenience and meant them having to take detours of up to around 12 miles.
“There is a local resident on the southbound side who needs to contact the Highways Agency and have an escort to travel safely from the area and a local publican whose trade has suffered because of the disruption.”
Anne-Marie added: “Residents are aware that this work needs to be done and are understanding, but I hope their patience is not stretched by any further delays.
“I have contacted the Highways Agency and asked them to ensure that the work is completed on time for them and before Christmas.”