BORDERS MSP and co-founder of the Dual the A1 campaign, John Lamont has highlighted the economic and cross-border benefit that dualling the A1 could bring to Scotland and the Borders.
The group are now calling on local businesses to add their voices to the campaign to improve the A1.
Believing that existing businesses on both sides of the border have been hampered by the poor road infrastructure surrounding them, losing access to suppliers and new markets due to it, the A1 Action Group is calling for both Westminster and Holyrood Governments to invest in the dualling of the road and help boost the local economy.
John Lamont MSP said: “For too long businesses on both sides of the border have been restricted by the poor road network in their area.
“Without a fast and reliable link in the A1 they are unable to access new markets or create links with other businesses in other parts of the UK and Europe.
“This has undoubtedly harmed the Borders economy and it is time that something was done about it.
“Dualling the A1 would provide the infrastructure we need to boost local businesses and help strengthen the local and regional economy. That is in addition to the thousands of construction jobs the project would create in the first instance.
“Many new businesses are overlooking our area and choosing to set-up elsewhere in search of a better road network. Then there are existing businesses in the Borders and the north-west of England who deliberately avoid the A1 and choose alternative and costlier routes.
“The economic case for it cannot be doubted, and that is why the A1 Action Group has been pushing so hard to see this road dualled.
“Businesses that are affected by this need to help support the economic case for dualling the A1, and can do this by letting us know of their experiences and views at www.surveymonkey.com.a1businessview
“We will continue to push the governments in both Holyrood and Westminster to take action on this. We cannot afford to wait any longer and it is time for them to step up to the plate.”