Lib Dems push to speed up A1 decision

Sir Alan Beith wants a decision on the A1 speeded up.

Sir Alan Beith wants a decision on the A1 speeded up.

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Liberal Democrats Julie Pörksen and Sir Alan Beith MP are pushing the government to bring forward the decision on dualling part of the the A1.

They say no further analysis of the road between Morpeth and Felton and at Mousen Bends near Belford is needed by the Department of Transport.

Speaking after attending a meeting of the A1 Stakeholders’ Group today, Julie Pörksen said: “It is great news that the Department of Transport has all the information it needs on the Mousen Bends and Morpeth to Felton stretches of the A1.

“Officials have told me that they hope a decision will be made in time for the Autumn Statement, but we are asking them to bring forward the decision on these stretches so work can get underway.

“Today’s meeting was very constructive and shows that the issue of dualling the remaining sections of the A1 in Northumberland is firmly on the agenda, but Sir Alan Beith and I will continue to keep up the pressure on the government to get the road upgraded for the people who use it.”

Sir Alan added: “Chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander MP has told me he wants to see the work go ahead and the transport secretary also seems keen, so I want to see if we can get the decision-making speeded up and get a firm plan in place for starting the road upgrades we need here in Northumberland.”

The Liberal Democrats say they are writing to the government ministers to ask for faster decision making on the two key stretches of the A1 which need to be dualled.

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