Dualling of the A1 between East Lothian and Berwick should happen in the interests of business, tourism and safety, say the Scottish A1 Action Group who met for the second time on Tuesday.
The meeting came less than a fortnight after a fatal accident on the single carriageway stretch of the road close to Torness. Tragically the crash has now claimed three young lives.
Established by East Lothian Council last year, the action group brings together councillors and officials from East Lothian and Scottish Borders Councils, plus representatives from SEStran and other interested groups.
With the UK Transport Secretary having announced that a feasibility study would be undertaken for dualling the A1 in Northumberland, SEStran have written to the Scottish Transport Minister requesting that resources be combined to produce a study covering the whole of the A1 north of Newcastle, including the Scottish section.
East Lothian Council’s transport spokesperson Michael Veitch said the dualling would have great benefits to the local economy and the safety of drivers, referring to the project as a “vital” one.
East Berwickshire Councillor Joan Campbell, while also keen to see the stretch dualled, said improvements to junctions should be a more immediate priority.
She commented; “Good infrastructure is important to the area and while dualling of the remaining parts of the A1 may be some way off, I’m particularly keen that improvement of the A1 junctions should also be part of the Action Group’s aims. “
The junctions can be especially hard to see on dark nights and anything that can address this problem would be welcome.