Do not need to dual the A1

According to my latest copy of the Gazette, it would now seem that ‘Britain’s most dangerous road’ turns out to be the dual-carriageway section of the A1 at Swarland.

The figures speak for themselves, eight serious accidents between 1999 and 2010 and one more up to the present day.

While I accept these accidents are tragic events for all concerned, they do need to be looked at on an individual basis.

Over the last 13 years, millions of vehicles have safely negotiated this stretch of road without incident.

The current campaign to dual the A1 should bear in mind that higher speeds cause more serious injuries when accidents do occur.

The proposed plans to install a wind turbine near to this location now seems to be the subject of some concern.

It may ‘distract’ drivers, yet turbines are now a common sight all over the country and the majority of us drive past them without giving them a second glance. The same cannot be said for the beautiful sculpture of the miner on the road island near the fire station at Ashington nor indeed the Angel of the North, but I, for one, think the world is a better place for having them.

The roads around these features have not been reduced to piles of wreckage because we, as drivers, take a quick look as we pass.

CS Blease