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Roads: A1

Volume 715: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of creating a dual carriageway on the A1 north of Morpeth to the Scottish border for the economy of the north-east, in particular on businesses' access to markets. [HL395]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of creating a dual carriageway on the A1 north of Morpeth to the Scottish border for access between Scotland and the north-east. [HL396]

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the effect of creating a dual carriageway on the A1 north of Morpeth to the Scottish border on the number of deaths from accidents on that road. [HL397]

To ask Her Majesty's Government why the review of the costs of creating a dual carriageway on the A1 north of Morpeth to the Scottish border is not proceeding, as agreed in the regional funding advice documents issued earlier this year. [HL398]

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are taking account of resilience issues in considering creating a dual carriageway on the A1 north of Morpeth to the Scottish border, taking particular account of the weather on the east coast compared to the west coast. [HL399]

The Al north of Newcastle multimodal study was completed in 2002. This assessed the benefits for the economy of the north east and for access to markets of creating a dual carriageway on the Al north of Morpeth to the border with Scotland, as well as the impact on safety. A copy of the final report is in the Library.

This section of the Al forms part of the regional trunk road network. The north west authorities are responsible for promoting schemes as part of the regional funding allocation (RFA) process. The regional authorities have not prioritised the dualling of the Al north of Morpeth within their RFA advice and the Department for Transport has therefore made no further assessment of any benefits of a dualling scheme on the Al north of Morpeth to the Scottish border.

Notwithstanding this, over the past 10 years, the Highways Agency has invested in 41 projects to improve the Al in Northumbria, and will this year invest a further £4 million.