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Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether he plans to consider the merits of dualling of the A1 from Newcastle to East Lothian. (241662)

There are currently no plans to consider full dualling between Newcastle and the Scottish border. Two discrete dualling schemes, from Morpeth to Felton and Adderstone to Belford, were considered by the North East Interim Transport Board in 2006 for funding through the central Government Regional Funding Allocation. However in its 2006 advice to Ministers the region concluded that within the resources available these improvements could not be prioritised.

All Regional Transport Boards have been asked to review their Regional Funding Allocation priorities this year. These schemes will be considered by the Region along with others, and this represents an opportunity for supporters of improvements on the A1 North of Newcastle to make their views heard. The Region will submit its advice to Ministers on its priorities early in 2009 for consideration.