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Old September 10th, 2010, 11:59 PM   #101
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I think we are all getting excited about nothing since the election pledge has already been 'fulfilled' . . .
Exactly.

There's really no more to be said about the dualling any of Northumberland's roads. The Haydon Bridge bypass and second Tyne Tunnel were the only large road improvement scheme the region is likely to see for many many years. There are enough demands on maintenance and renewals to consume any budget that might be forthcoming.

As for any rhetoric about moving the road from one category of not-to-happen pending plans to another, then lets just deal with it for what it is. Rhetoric.
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Old September 17th, 2010, 11:37 AM   #102
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Importance of A1 is finally recognised
September 17th 2010, by William Green, The Journal


The Government yesterday moved to finally recognise the national importance of the A1 through Northumberland – but admitted there was no guarantee of funding for improvements.

Proposals to change the status of the A1 north of Newcastle to the Scottish border to a route of national importance were published by Transport Minister Mike Penning.

Around 65 miles of the A1 would join a list of key roads that Ministers consider for funding from the national budget for road improvements, rather than the limited regional pot – although there is no guarantee of cash for upgrades.

A 12-week public consultation on changing the criteria used to decide which roads are of national significance was also launched yesterday.

Sir Alan Beith, Liberal Democrat MP for Berwick, welcomed the announcement and in particular a pledge to look at the problems of the road.

“Money is tight, but it ought to be a priority for any national roads money that is available,” he added.


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Old September 17th, 2010, 11:48 AM   #103
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That's good news, atleast now it's on a waiting list, a very long waiting list but a waiting list non the less.
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Old September 17th, 2010, 09:10 PM   #104
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Hopefully it'll happen, but I'm not holding my breath.
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Old September 18th, 2010, 12:11 PM   #105
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How long do you think it would take to complete the dualling work?
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Old September 18th, 2010, 06:15 PM   #106
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How long do you think it would take to complete the dualling work?
If it started now, I'd say around 3 years.
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Old September 19th, 2010, 06:32 PM   #107
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http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/projects/5182.aspx

No likelihood of any work before 2016, and no guarantee of it then.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 11:07 AM   #108
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Police and Health Chiefs back A1 dualling
November 4th 2010, by William Green, The Journal


THE campaign to dual the A1 through Northumberland has won backing from police and health chiefs.

Northumberland police commander Mark Dennett said transforming the road would improve safety as well as cut congestion, while Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust – which runs hospitals around the county – said dualling the A1 would reduce the number of fatal road accidents, provide safer conditions for staff using the road and improve journeys for ambulances and patients.

News of such heavyweight support has emerged in a freedom of information request and will heap pressure on Transport Secretary Philip Hammond to funds an upgrade the road after he said there was “no prospect” of the scheme going ahead in the next five years.

Letters from Northumbria police chief superintendent Mark Dennett and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust were contained in a report compiled by the A1 Action Group – which was submitted to consultants hired by ministers to look at changing the status of the route to recognise its national significance.

In his comments, senior police officer Mark Dennett said he had responsibility for policing a substantial geographical area – including the major roads linking England and Scotland.

He said: “Policing the A1 presents numerous challenges including tackling travelling criminals, assisting to manage the traffic during adverse weather conditions and ensuring that those using the road do so safely.

The Campaign Group formed to get the A1 dualled said “The campaign to dual the A1 has reached out to all partners involved from the private sector struggling to get their goods to market right through to the emergency services who struggle to private the very best service with the hindrance that the poor state of the A1 provides them with.”


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Old November 4th, 2010, 03:03 PM   #109
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Come on! Lets have another mile or two at least.
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Old January 25th, 2011, 11:41 AM   #110
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Northumberland A1 dual carriageway still miles off
by William Green, The Journal, January 25th 2011


It will be a “long time” before the A1 through Northumberland is dualled, the Government has admitted.

John Attlee, a Government transport spokesman in the Lords, made the admission after North East Labour peer Jeremy Beecham asked how the region could press ministers on major schemes like fully dualling the A1 amid spending cuts.

The news comes despite the coalition recognising the road’s importance by making it a road of national significance, which in theory opens up a larger pot of funding.

Before last year’s general election, all three major political parties promised to dual the A1 if they got into power.

Speaking in Parliament, Lord Beecham said there was a regional dimension to transport and that axing regional development agencies (RDAs) would make that more difficult to realise.


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Old February 23rd, 2011, 10:28 AM   #111
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President of the AA backs A1 dualling
by William Green, The Journal, February 23rd 2011


THE president of the AA has called on the coalition Government needs to get a grip on transport policy and axe "ridiculous" high speed rail plans.

Edmund King, who is also a visiting professor at Newcastle University, questioned the benefits claimed for the proposed £33bn high-speed rail network, initially running from London to Birmingham before heading further north.

Mr King called for money to be spent upgrading the country’s creaking road network instead, including full dualling of the A1 through Northumberland.

His comments to The Journal may alarm Transport Secretary Philip Hammond because the AA motoring organisation has 15m members.


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Old March 12th, 2011, 10:51 AM   #112
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It’s still slow going on A1 dualling plan
by William Green, The Journal, March 12th 2011


MINISTERS have not considered any specific plans to upgrade the A1 through Northumberland since taking power last year.

Transport Minister Mike Penning made the admission in Parliament, sparking a warning that nothing will happen in terms of improvements.

Hopes were raised that more funding to dual the A1 could become available after the Tories promised before last year’s general election that the road would be recognised as being of national strategic importance.

In the past, the required funding of around £400m was effectively denied to the North East by Whitehall, which insisted that any upgrade had to be paid for without help from national spending pots.

That left the region unable to pay for dualling as it would use up the North East’s entire funding stream on a single project.

Newcastle East Labour MP Nick Brown, who forced out the answer, said: “It sounds like nothing is going to happen. It is very disappointing.


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Old March 12th, 2011, 01:46 PM   #113
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It was obvious this was going to happen.

Obviously there's economic benefits to doing this but they've got to spend to achieve this and the current policy is not to spend

I had visions of a PFI road!
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Old March 13th, 2011, 04:12 PM   #114
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Aye.
If the tories had their own way on this they'd likely dual it...but make it a privately owned toll road.
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Old May 3rd, 2011, 02:34 PM   #115
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Hopes rising again over A1 dualling plan
by Paul Tully, The Journal, May 3rd 2011


A LEADING A1 CAMPAIGNER says she is “very optimistic” that progress is being made towards dualling north Northumberland’s principal road.

Conservative Anne-Marie Trevelyan believes the ball is in the campaigners’ court after meeting Minister for Roads Mike Penning in Westminster.

Mrs Trevelyan, director of the A1 Action Group, said Mr Penning had shown “great understanding” and was “very supportive”.

Now the Action Group has to build its case before the next spending review – and aim to be at the front of the queue.

Mrs Trevelyan, a north Northumbrian who achieved an 8.3% swing against Berwick Liberal Democrat stalwart Sir Alan Beith in the last General Election, said September’s Government upgrading of 65 miles of the A1 to a route of national importance gave the dualling campaign a stronger foundation.

Although the move did not automatically mean funding would be forthcoming, Mrs Trevelyan said: “The ball is very much in our court.

“We have to gather more data. For example, we are talking with the Hauliers Association, we are in regular discussion with the Port of Tyne Authority, asking them for the impact that a better road on the East coast could make.


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Old May 23rd, 2011, 12:57 PM   #116
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NOT about "to the North of Newcastle" (thread title) but equally relevant . . .

Business leaders call for A1 works to be spared the axe
by Adrian Pearson, The Journal, May 23rd 2011


TRANSPORT secretary Philip Hammond’s decision to scrap A1 upgrades has condemned the North East to years of failing roads, regional employers last night claimed.

Business leaders at the North East Chamber of Commerce have written to the minister to call for a rethink on the abandoning of two £24m upgrades to the A1 between Leeming and Barton in North Yorkshire. It is feared the cancellation of major road projects will offset any other improvements to the region, such as today’s return of a non-stop train service to London.

James Ramsbotham, chief executive at the Chamber, has accused the Government of “backtracking” on its previous decision to ensure good links between the North East and the rest of the UK.

“For the foreseeable future the North East will remain the only English region not connected to the strategic motorway network, and one of the few regions in the UK not seeing any major upgrades to its strategic road network before 2015,” Mr Ramsbotham said.


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Old May 23rd, 2011, 06:39 PM   #117
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Initially I thought there was no hope for this but I'm starting to think we might see this back on the agenda fairly soon.

I understand all the planning has been done and it was simply to start once the Southern section has been completed. So it would seem fairly straight forward for the Government to approve this and stick more or less to the original timetable for construction. And the Government could call it "new investment"/show that they invest in the NE, etc.
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Old May 24th, 2011, 11:39 AM   #118
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Change opens the way to A1 dualling in Northumberland
by William Green, The Journal, May 24th 2011



THE national importance of the A1 north of Newcastle has finally been recognised by Whitehall after years of campaigning.

Transport Minister Norman Baker yesterday confirmed the A1 from Newcastle to the Scottish border has been made a route of strategic national importance.

Campaigners hope the road’s reclassification from being a regionally important route could open the door to additional funding – although the Government has stressed there is no guarantee money will be found to upgrade the route.

Political and business leaders have for years been calling on ministers to fully dual the route on safety and economic grounds. In the past, hundreds of millions of pounds of required funding was effectively denied to the North East by Whitehall.

It insisted any upgrade had to be paid for without help from national spending funds, leaving the region unable to pay for dualling as it would use the North East’s entire funding stream on a single project.

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, director of the A1 Action Group, said: “I am thrilled that following the consultation the ministers have listened to our argument and that this important strategic change has now been implemented.

“I am having ongoing discussions with ministers and Whitehall about how we can help them to understand the economic importance both to the region and UK plc for the infrastructure investment that is needed.”


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Old May 24th, 2011, 07:58 PM   #119
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As long as Philip Hammond is Transport Secretary we will get nothing. The man is utterly clueless, as his recent comments on rail subsidies has indicated.
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Old May 26th, 2011, 04:50 PM   #120
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Cool. Hope we see some progress. As I've said before- at the least they should give the money to dual a few miles of it if they can't afford the whole lot. Every little improvement is a step towards the whole lot being done.

The Tories are pretty rabid on their unionism. The idea of keeping Scotland in the union via better links and and an improved economy in the borders could outweight their north-hatred.
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