To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what estimate he has made of the effect on traffic flows and safety on the A1 in Berwickshire of improvements to the road south of the border.
As part of our "Routes South of Edinburgh" study, consideration was given to the extent of any traffic increase which might be generated on the A1 in Scotland by road improvements south of the border. The effect on traffic was concluded to be minimal, however, and therefore is likely to have no road safety consequences. However, the whole question of traffic and safety on the route can be addressed by the A1 steering group which we propose to set up and which the hon. Member recently agreed would be an appropriate forum for monitoring such issues.