The extraordinary spate of road accidents and fires in the last week or so has shocked the area to the core.
Two separate crashes have resulted in the deaths of pensioners in a matter of three days and the community’s thoughts are very much with the families of the victims at this difficult time.
These tragedies serve to remind us of the dangers that roads, in general, pose and the respect we must all pay to the conditions and other motorists. There may be issues with road safety in certain parts of the network and the A1 is a case in point.
We will eventually learn whether the nature of the dual-carriageway section contributed to the accident on Sunday, but there have been many concerns about the crossovers and junctions with short slip-roads in that area.
The crashes and fires have also highlighted the vital job the emergency services, including the Great North Air Ambulance, do at often unsociable hours. They do not get the recognition they deserve at times like this.