A NORTHUMBERLAND MP has urged the Government to use money allocated to “shovel-ready” infrastructure projects to dual stretches of the A1 in the county.
Berwick’s Liberal Democrat MP Sir Alan Beith spoke in the House of Commons on Thursday on the importance of dualling the stretches at Mousen Bends near Belford, and between Felton and Morpeth.
He claimed bringing forward schemes already drawn up by the Highways Agency for the “dangerous” stretches would improve “the North East’s share of transport expenditure.”
Norman Baker, the Liberal Democrat under-secretary of state for transport, told Sir Alan that some discussion has already taken place and that those schemes are being considered by under secretary of state for transport Mike Penning.
Speaking afterwards, Sir Alan said he was “glad” the government is continuing to look at A1 dualling, particularly existing schemes.
“The money for ‘shovel-ready’ projects could be put to use very quickly and kick-start work needed,” he added.