Liberal Democrats take A1 case to ‘the Minister in charge of the money’

Sir Alan Beith and Julie Porksen with Danny Alexander
Sir Alan Beith and Julie Porksen with Danny Alexander

Continuing the fight for further upgrades of the A1 in Northumberland, campaigner Julie Pörksen and MP Sir Alan Beith have discussed progress on plans for the road today at the Liberal Democrat conference in Glasgow.

Julie Pörksen said: “The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP, is the Minister in charge of the money and he has played a key role in forcing the Department of Transport to rexamine the case for dualling the A1 in Northumberland.

“Sir Alan Beith and I had very helpful discussions with him again today ahead of the Autumn Statement and we will continue to make sure Northumberland’s needs remain on the infrastructure agenda.

“The stretches of A1 between Morpeth and Felton and at Mousen near Belford are the top priorities and we are determined that the Coalition Government will make the work start, unlike the empty promises the people of Northumberland have been given in the past by both Conservatives and Labour.”

Sir Alan Beith MP added: “It is absolutely vital that we get contracts out to tender and then agreed to make sure work starts on these stretches of the A1. Very little preparatory work needs to be done to make this happen and Julie and I will keep on fighting for this vital work for our area.

“Coming from a large rural constituency the Chief Secretary to the Treasury understands how important good road connections are. We will continue to work with Treasury and Transport Ministers to get work started on the A1.”