Dualling A1 could bring in nearly £400m to North East economy

Northumberland County Council report shows economic case of dualling the A1 North of Newcastle

Single carriageway section of the A1 in Northumberland

Dualling the A1 could hand Northumberland a £376m economic boost, a report has suggested.

Officials at Northumberland County Council have sent the Department for Transport the findings of a detailed look at the economic benefits of dualling the road north of Newcastle.

The report, also passed to the Highways Agency, says Alnwick, Berwick and Morpeth could benefit directly from dualling the road.

The council estimates that dualling could result in 2,000 new jobs and 12,000 new homes as well as generating £376m for the local economy.

Council leader Grant Davey said: “This is a key issue both for local people and the business community. We are keen to build a business case for dualling the A1 in Northumberland as well as looking at the case for investment in other transport projects along the route.

“This has been a long-standing priority for the council and we believe dualling will address accident problems, reduce delays and bring clear economic benefits. We are fully in support of the Highways Agency and the DfT study and will be working hard to make our case at national level.”

The council is now waiting to see if the road will be given a boost this Autumn when the Chancellor announces a new wave of infrastructure commitments.

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