MP calls for A1 decision

Sir Alan Beith beside the A1

Sir Alan Beith beside the A1

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Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith has called for an imminent announcement on the dualling of the A1 to demonstrate the UK’s commitment to Scotland.

Speaking in a House of Commons debate on transport infrastructure in Northumberland, the Lib Dem said: “Would it not be a good idea, just weeks before the referendum, to make it clear that we care about the link between the north-east and Scotland? An announcement on dualling the A1 would be very helpful.”

Sir Alan and campaigner Julie Pörksen have also been taking part in meetings recently of the A1 North of Newcastle Feasibility Study.

Mrs Pörksen said: “There is a great deal of work going on to suggest we may see some progress on the A1, but what we need is a clear commitment that work will be done. The Mousen Bends and the Morpeth to Felton stretches have already had much of the preparatory work done and it would be really straightforward to get construction underway on these areas.”

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