When Mary Creagh, the shadow transport secretary, says the Government has only resurrected plans to dual the A1 north of Newcastle for “political reasons” she is probably correct.
Nevertheless, she misses the point. If political reasons are the only way we are to advance this vital project, then we’ll take them.
We should not expect that good news to be an immediate start on widening the road.
Road projects are an escalator that moves at snail’s pace. When a project is near the bottom it can fall off the escalator at any time. The higher it advances, the more chance there is of work actually starting. It takes years.
The A1 north of Newcastle is not even on the escalator yet. But it is closer than ever to making it on to the bottom step. All we can do is keep the pressure on.