Residents call for A1 dualling to start

Residents and businesses have been finding out more and having their say as more detailed plans for upgrading the A1 go on show.

Thursday, 24th November 2016, 8:54 am
Updated Tuesday, 29th November 2016, 9:26 am

A series of public exhibitions are taking place ahead of an announcement of the preferred route in the spring.

This follows a series of consultation events in May at which residents were given a first look at what was being proposed in terms of dualling the road from Morpeth to Felton and from Alnwick to Ellingham, and improvements to the north of Ellingham.

Now, there are three more detailed options for dualling from Morpeth to Felton, just one option for the Alnwick to Ellingham section and amended proposals for the improvements further north to incorporate some of the previous feedback.

However, the key issue for our readers on Facebook is to get it done as soon as possible.

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For example, Peter Gregory said: ‘I use the A1 travelling the whole length and the part in Northumberland is a joke so just get on with it, they have talked for years now so why keep having meetings, just get on with it, the longer you talk the more costly it will be and there will be more humans lose their life.’

Following the May events, Highways England responded to some of the most common concerns, including the issue of starting construction sooner.

They said: ‘It takes time to go through option development and the planning-application process and this informs how quickly we can start construction. However, we are continually reviewing the programme and will keep you informed through our website.’

The consultation roadshow has been to Alnwick and was in Berwick yesterday. It will be at Bell View in Belford on Saturday, from 10am to 5pm.