Lack of signage at A1 roadworks is criticised by mum

Kelly Gair and son John.
Kelly Gair and son John.

A mother who lost her husband in an A1 horror crash has described the road as being like the Wacky Races after enduring a recent dice with death along the stretch.

Kelly Gair suffered severe injuries in the fatal collision in October 2008, in which her partner Alan, 37, was killed. Their car was hit by a Dutch lorry which was overtaking a slow-moving crane on the single carriageway at Mousen Bends, near Belford.

And last week, Kelly and her newborn daughter were almost hit by an overtaking car on the undualled stretch between Morpeth and Felton, which is currently undergoing resurfacing work.

The vehicle nearly smashed into the back of Kelly’s car while she was waiting to turn off the A1.

While she criticised the driver, she claims that a lack of road furniture as part of the roadworks is to blame.

She said: “We were travelling north and went to turn off so I pulled into the middle of the A1 and waited for a gap, but there were no road markings and no cones to indicate the filter lane.

“The car which nearly hit us was a few vehicles back in the traffic we had been in and went to overtake. When he realised my car was stationary in the middle of the road he pulled back in and just missed us.”

A Highways Agency spokeswoman said that, during the work, temporary white lines are in place, but this has been disputed by other motorists.

She added: “We’d urge Kelly to contact us and the police so we can investigate. During the works, there is a mandatory 40mph speed limit and overtaking ban. This is not the only report we have had of motorists flouting the overtaking ban.

“We’ve asked the police for their help to enforce the ban and speed limit.”