Veitch to chair new group pressing for dualling of A1 road

East Lothian Conservative & Unionist Association have selected Michael Veitch to contest the Dunbar & East Linton ward at next year's East Lothian Council elections
East Lothian Conservative & Unionist Association have selected Michael Veitch to contest the Dunbar & East Linton ward at next year's East Lothian Council elections

East Lothian Council (ELC) is taking a lead role in a new action group which has been set up to press for dualling of the A1 road in Scotland.

The organisation’s first meeting was hosted by ELC’s transport spokesman, Councillor Michael Veitch. Those present included councillors, MSPs, business representatives, senior officers from councils and SEStran.

Councillor Veitch, depute council leader and member for Dunbar and East Linton, said: “ELC adopted a new council plan which includes a commitment to lobby for dualling the A1 east of Innerwick and safety improvements. While our first priority as a local authority would be to see improvements to the remaining un-dualled section of the A1 in East Lothian, we of course have a significant interest in seeing the road dualled all the way to Berwick – and beyond – which would be a huge boost to our businesses and tourism, as well as providing a much safer and quicker means for local people travelling south.”

He commented: “I’m well aware that interest in dualling the A1 is not confined to East Lothian and that’s a good reason for trying to develop a broader campaign taking on board all interested parties.”

It was agreed to formally establish a Scottish A1 Action Group, chaired by Councillor Veitch, at the meeting. Senior officers from East Lothian Council, Scottish Borders Council and SEStran will also work together to discuss how the project could be taken forward.