Support still growing for A1 campaign

The start of the A1 single carriageway just north of Morpeth.
The start of the A1 single carriageway just north of Morpeth.

support is growing for ongoing calls to make the A1 north of Morpeth a dual carriageway.

Berwick MP Alan Beith recently pledged to press Treasury and transport ministers to make sure that stretches of the A1 are included in the next round of road infrastructure spending.

That pledge by the Lib Dem MP has been welcomed by Northumberland County Council’s Labour group leader, Grant Davey, as he believes the dualling of the 50-mile stretch of the A1 between Berwick and Morpeth could offer a way out of the current economic slump gripping the country.

Coun Davey, of Kitty Brewster in Blyth, said: “Because of the increased funding that Scotland gets through the Barnet formula, the economic slump is not being felt as much over the border.

“Upgrading the A1 will create much-needed construction jobs in Northumberland and give a massive boost to the local economy.

“It will also wire Northumberland to the newly-evolving relationship between Scotland and the rest of the UK.

“It’s time that all politicians and business leaders in the north east spoke with a single voice, and it’s time the Chancellor of the Exchequer and his Treasury listened.”

Campaigners have been calling for years for the stretch of the A1 north from Fair Moor, near Morpeth, to be widened, arguing that dualling would cut the death toll claimed by the road and also boost the north east economy.