WATCH: Dualling campaigner welcomes A1 announcement

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Conservative Dual the A1 campaigner Anne-Marie Trevelyan has welcomed today’s announcement of a £290 million government package to upgrade the road in Northumberland.

Although the 25-mile stretch from Ellingham to Berwick will not be dualled, she today’s announcement means full dualling up the border is another step closer.

Mrs Trevelyan says she will continue to campaign for full dualling throughout in Northumberland.

“It is a really exciting day for the north east,” she said. “The opportunity for inward investment for Northumberland and the north east is going to improve dramatically as a result of this announcement.”

She added: “I’m going to carry on campaigning until the road is fully dualled. But this is fantastic news because it opens up that first stretch. There will be an increase in traffic and the region will be able to prove to the treasury how much of an impact economically that investment has made.”