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Spending Review makes Dualling the A1 a reality.

27th Jun 2013

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Berwick-upon-Tweed  has welcomed the news from today’s announcements on the Spending Review by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.  

Anne-Marie said the Spending Review contained a lot of good news for Northumberland, announcing some major investment in infrastructure, but said these were just ‘first steps’ and that there was still a need to campaign for a better deal for Northumberland.

Today, a commitment to a ‘better A1 North of Newcastle’ was announced.

Commenting today, Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who set up and leads the Dual the A1 Campaign, said: “I am pleased that the A1 dualling review is to be set in motion and that the detailed business case will now be drawn up. This is what the Dual the A1 Campaign has been calling for, and now we can get onto putting together the detailed programme of works. 

It is great news that our campaigning efforts have been heard but there is still ample work to do to ensure these promises are delivered.  Our campaign efforts have now opened the door for us to work with Whitehall to make clear how Dualling the A1 will impact on the region & the UK’s future growth. ”

Businesses can share their views on the campaign at www.dualthea1.com.

Another announcement today came as the Government reiterated its commitment to 21st century communications. This was in relation to the high speed internet announcement with special mention given to the superfast broadband project in Rothbury, Northumberland.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, who is also the Broadband Campaign Director for Broadband 4 Northumberland, said:

“I strongly welcome the announcement of a further £250m to ensure that 95 per cent of households will get access to superfast broadband.  This is great news and will help us ensure Northumberland is not left behind in the digital revolution.  I am glad that our Broadband4Northumberland campaigning is being heard, but we still need to ensure that none of our small rural villages are left out.”

People can visit www.broadband4northumberland.com to have their say on what broadband is like where they live.

Another stem of positivity came with the announcement that funding for 160,000 new homes is to be made available for Housing Associations.

Anne-Marie said: “It is excellent to hear a commitment to fund 160,000 new affordable homes.  We need to work with our Housing Associations in Northumberland to ensure that some of these are built in the rural areas to boost communities and allow our young people to stay near their families.”

Northumberland has been badly hit by the flooding over the past five years and Anne-Marie Trevelyan said today’s announcement on insurance for those living in flood risk area is very good news.

She said: “It is excellent news that the Government has reached agreement with the Insurance Industry on limiting premiums for those who live in flood risk areas.  Northumberland has suffered from terribly flooding in the last few years and this will bring reassurance to many of those affected.”

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