A1 dualling north of the border

Jim Hume
Jim Hume

A feasibility study into possible dualling of the A1 south of the England/Scotland border has so far not been duplicated for the road through Berwickshire and East Lothian.

As the timetable for improvement work on the A1 on the Northumberland side of the border is announced Jim Hume, Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for South Scotland, repeated his earlier calls for similar improvements north of Berwick.

The Department of Transport set out the process for building up the business case for dualling the A1 through Northumberland and a local stakeholder group is currently working on an initial study, due to be finalised any time now, with a detailed feasibility study completed by the autumn.

The A1 study is one of several commissioned by the DfT as part of a seven-year funding plan of large infrastructure projects across England that could received funding if strict value-for-money criteria are met.

Mr Hume said: “Communities in East Lothian and eastern Berwickshire have been crying out for improvements to the A1.

“It’s bitterly disappointing that the Scottish Government has so far refused to even carry out a feasibility study into the dualling of the road, especially as good progress is being made by the UK government on the other side.

“Communities will understandably be disappointed that the Scottish Government is unwilling to show the same commitment to this important route.”

The Scottish A1 Action Group want the Scottish Government to support a combined study of the undualled sections of the A1 on both sides of the border.