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Campaigners and businesses fighting to dual the A1 north of Newcastle have been told that they have one month to make the case for funding which would see the stretch of road in Northumberland upgr...
28th Jan 2014
Campaigners and businesses fighting to dual the A1 north of Newcastle have been told that they have one month to make the case for funding which would see the stretch of road in Northumberland upgraded to dual carriageway.
Officials at the Department for Transport are currently compiling evidence to support the case for A1 dualling, which will be included in a feasibility study. The DfT commissioned several feasibility studies as part of a seven year funding plan after the Autumn Statement to look at large infrastructure projects across England.
The findings of the A1 study will be presented to central government and if strict value-for-money criteria are met, funding could be released finally to upgrade the undualled section of the A1.
Director of the ‘Dual the A1 campaign’ Anne-Marie Trevelyan met with officials at the DfT and Highways Agency on Tuesday (28 January 2014) as part of her long-running campaign. At the meeting it was confirmed that all evidence reviews would have to be completed by the end of March 2014, therefore evidence will need to be submitted by the end of February to ensure it is taken into account.
Commenting after the meeting, Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Berwick, Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “For many years the Dual the A1 campaign has been gathering evidence from residents and businesses who understand the need for a dualled A1 between Newcastle and Edinburgh and the value that it would bring. There is now a golden opportunity to make the strongest possible case on economic grounds for A1 dualling and we need as much new evidence as possible.
“The feasibility study will consider the costs of such a large project and will examine the economic benefits that dualling would bring. I will be contacting as many businesses and residents as possible and I encourage everyone who cares about this issue to add their evidence to our campaign. We must use this opportunity to get a better deal on the A1 or we risk further delays to this vital project. All businesses & individuals are encouraged to contact us at www.dualthea1.com and complete the relevant survey.”
As part of her campaign, Anne-Marie recently met councillors and officials at East Lothian Council who are campaigning north of the border. She added: “Dualling the A1 is an issue that crosses the border and it is as much about the economic benefits to England, and the North East in particular, as is it to Scotland.”