PROJECT ALEXANDER: why we must dual the A1

The Berwick father who started a national petition to dual the A1 after his son died in a crash has reiterated his appeal.

By Jim Milnes
Monday, 24th September 2012, 12:29 pm

Alex Gibson, of Highcliffe, garnered thousands of signatures to his petition, ‘Project Alexander’, named for his son, also Alex, who died in November 2011. Now he is urging even more people to sign up through the government’s e-petition scheme.

Alex senior said: “In the Chancellor’s ‘Autumn Statement’ last December he gave finance to update the A1 south of Newcastle - which also needs to be upgraded - but its a kick in the teeth when a petition named ‘Project Alexander’, with over eleven thousand signatures, which was handed in to 10 Downing Street by myself, my wife and two grandchildren, three weeks early, to upgrade the A1 between Morpeth and Berwick, is dismissed.

Once again the government has ignored the north corner of Northumberland.

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“The day before the petition was handed in to Number 10, there was another fatal accident near Felton.

“Since November 2011 when my son Alex was killed north of Alnwick, two other drivers have been killed.

“All the accidents had the same blueprint: they were all head on collisions on single carriageways, and that’s why we need this ‘road to hell’ upgraded to dual carriageway, all the way up to the border.

“If previous governments had dualled this road instead of spending on the south, such accidents could have been avoided.

“We know the benefits of dualling: contact with Scotland would be greater, it would help investment in business and jobs, and help tourism. This could only help Northumberland.

“But the first priority is the health and safety of drivers on this road. I don’t want other families going through what mine did when we lost Alex, who was also father to two beautiful children.”

To sign Alex’s new petition, visit or search ‘Project Alexander’.