A would be MP in Northumberland has said she is “very optimistic” of an imminent announcement that the A1 is to be fully dualled through Northumberland.
Anne-Marie Trevelyan, Conservative parliamentary candidate for Berwick, has spoken on the back of speeches by secretary of state for transport Patrick McLoughlin, and chancellor George Osborne at the party’s conference, and having met the former.
In his keynote address, Mr Osborne talked of improving “connectivity” and of creating a “Northern Powerhouse” and addressing the “disparities between different parts of the country.”
Mr McLoughlin told the conference that “Britain deserves a transport system that works” and that “investment into the A1 will sort out long term failures.”
Mrs Trevelyan, founder in 2007 of the Dual the A1 Campaign and its director, met Mr McLouglhin last night.
Speaking beforehand from the conference, she said: “When I founded the campaign, there were those, including the current MP Alan Beith, who had always believed that it would never happen.
“I am very optimistic that the chancellor will shortly make this formal announcement but I will continue to make representations to colleagues at the treasury and within the department of transport.”