Confirmation from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling that the A1 is to be dualled from Northumberland to Scotland is welcomed.
But forgive me for not getting too excited – there is still no firm timetable for the work to begin.
I appreciate that the work will need to be carried out in stages to minimise the traffic delays but, frankly, just saying that the dualling work “continues to be a priority” is not good enough.
I have been personally pushing for the A1 improvements for many a year, as have many others, and the announcement of a firm date for work to begin is beyond overdue. And I am also keeping an eye on the A19 improvement plans.
All Government departments are under budget constraints and what is a priority today can easily get kicked into the long grass. I shall do my best to ensure this does not happen.
UKIP North East MEP