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Treasury Minister come North to hear campaigners

Alan Ferguson, Greg Clark MP and Anne-Marie Trevelyan on the A1

7th Jun 2013

Treasury Minister Greg Clark MP, came to Northumberland today to see for himself the state of the A1 north of Newcastle and to hear from business leaders directly how the poor road impacts on their trade & profits.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, the Dual the A1 Campaign Director, introduced Mr Clark to Brenda Hackett of Lindisfarne Mead who said" the reality is that the shocking state of the road means that haulage businesses will not come North without charging a premium.  So not only does it cost us more to ship our products out of Northumberland, but bringing in bottles and other goods for our production process has a higher transport cost than if we were in Newcastle."

Aidan Ruff, owner of Ellingham Hall Hotel, the weddings venue, told Mr Clark "The unpredictability of traffic flows on this stretch of the A1 means that there can be tail backs for miles, and if there is an accident, the road is often closed for several hours.  For a wedding venue, where timings are key, this can be a total nightmare."

The Campaign team explained to the minister that following their successful efforts to get the road reclassified into the National Road Network, there now needed to be a detailed business case completed by the Department for Transport in order for infrastructure funding coming forwards in the next spending round to be allocated to this key strategic route's improvement.

The Minister commented that it was very helpful to hear directly from those affected by the poor road and that he would return to London with a much clearer understanding of the needs of the North East on transport infrastructure investment.

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