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Lib Dems step up pressure to dual the A1

Michael Moore and Julie Porksen have written to treasury chief secretary Danny Alexander to advance the case for dualling the A1.

Michael Moore and Julie Porksen have written to treasury chief secretary Danny Alexander to advance the case for dualling the A1.

Borders MP Michael Moore and Northumberland Liberal Democrat campaigner Julie Pörksen are keeping up the pressure to dual the rest of the A1 North of Morpeth to Scotland.

In a joint letter to Danny Alexander, the Liberal Democrat chief secretary to the treasury, they ask for support for dualling the A1 as south of the border it is not fit for purpose.

In the light of the Scottish independence referendum, Michael Moore and Julie Pörksen are calling for investment in dualling because they say the A1 is a “key transport link between England and Scotland and as such should be treated with the strategic importance it deserves”.

Julie Pörksen commented: “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.

“Michael Moore and I have invited Danny Alexander to come and drive from Morpeth into Scotland so he can see for himself just how unreliable and risky travelling on the A1 can be.”

Michael Moore MP commented: “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”.

A government feasibility study looking at the potential for dualling of the A1 road north of Newcastle will begin in July.

The Department for Transport’s review aims to establish whether there is a strong enough business case for dualling the remaining sections of the A1.

It will also consider the potential economic cases for other transport investment opportunities on the route.

An A1 Multi-Modal Study carried out in 2002 concluded there was not an adequate justification on economic grounds to dual the whole of the remaining A1 north of Newcastle.

 

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