Costs are revealed for dualling the A1

A1 road between Alnwick and Morpeth.
A1 road between Alnwick and Morpeth.
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Planned costs for dualling the A1 north of Newcastle have been revealed.

The Highways Agency acknowledged the work Northumberland County Council had done in preparing a detailed review of the wider economic benefits which showed the local economy could benefit by up to £376m if the road was dualled.

At a meeting with the Highways Agency this week the council was told that to dual the A1 between Morpeth and Felton could be achieved by 2022 and cost in the region of £160m to £260m.

Full dualling of the A1 between Morpeth and the Scottish border could be achieved by 2023 and would require up to £1.2bn of investment.

Coun Ian Swithenbank, policy board member for streetcare and the environment with Northumberland County Council, said: “This remains a key issue both for local people and the business community and these figures show what could be achieved over the next few years.

“We are fully behind the Highways Agency and the Department for Transport study and we welcome the fact they have welcomed our detailed report on potential wider economic benefits which will form a key part of their strategic case to Government.

“The council firmly believe dualling will address accident problems, reduce delays and bring clear economic benefits for the county and beyond.”

The study will be completed in advance of what is hoped will be a positive announcement in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.