Politicians join forces to call for A1 dualling in the North East

Politicians on both sides of the Scottish border have called for the full dualling of the A1 through the North East

The A1 in Northumberland
The A1 in Northumberland

Politicians on both sides of the border have united to call for the full dualling of the A1 through the region.

Julie Pörksen, the Liberal Democrat candidate for Berwick at the next general election, has joined forces with Borders MP Michael Moore in asking a Government minister to support the full upgrade of the road from Morpeth to Scotland.

The duo have written jointly to Danny Alexander, Liberal Democrat chief secretary to the treasury, calling for investment in dualling of the A1 on the basis that is a ‘key transport link between England and Scotland and as such should be treated with the strategic importance it deserves.’

They have invited the minister to drive the route to “so he can see for himself just how unreliable and risky travelling on the A1 can be.”

Mrs Pörksen, who is her party’s candidate to replace the retiring Sir Alan Beith, said: “Sir Alan Beith MP has gained improvements in the A1 despite a serious lack of support from past Conservative and Labour governments.

“The A1 is such an important route into Scotland and especially with the current debate on independence, we must make sure that dualling the A1 is given the strategic importance it deserves.

“The shovel ready schemes, axed by the Labour government, could start being built straight away, and they could start with the dangerous Mousen bends.”

Mr Moore added: “I have been campaigning with Sir Alan Beith for the dualling of the A1 both north and south of the border for many years.

“Congestion on the current single carriageway is unsafe for road users and damaging for cross-border trade.

“To increase pressure on the government, I have written directly to the chief secretary to the treasury, alongside Liberal Democrat candidate Julie Pörksen, to commit to invest in the dualling of the A1 north of Newcastle.”

Mrs Pörksen also welcomed the publication of the Commons Transport Select Committee on Better Roads and the National Policy Statement on National Networks, which calls for a more thorough and transparent system for planning road and rail infrastructure.

The HM Treasury press office failed to provide a comment.

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