A1 dualling plea made in House of Lords

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Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords have reminded the Government that the A1 north of Newcastle needs to be upgraded to dual carriageway.

Speaking in a debate on transport, Lord Bradshaw said: “We should concentrate our road investment on the really strategic roads, which have often got bad safety records. The Minister will know that the A1 north of Newcastle going up to Scotland is a particularly bad road.”

Following the debate, he added: “The A1 north of Newcastle is notorious in transport circles and it was disingenuous of the Conservative Government to promise to dual the road ahead of the 1992 General Election, then do nothing about it. I am delighted the Chief Secretary to the Treasury is taking a personal interest in getting these much needed works onto the coalition Government’s infrastructure programme and it really feels as if progress is being made.”

Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith added: “Keeping up the pressure on Ministers from all sides is essential to getting the work we need carried out and I am continuing to work with the Transport Secretary and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury to make sure the A1 does not drop out of sight.

“Liberal Democrat campaigner Julie Pörksen and I are also working with neighbouring MP Mike Moore to make sure the importance of our links with Scotland are not overlooked in the run-up to the referendum on Scottish independence.”

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