When will A1 update start?

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Confirmation from Transport Secretary Chris Grayling that the A1 is to be “dualled” from Northumberland to Scotland is to be welcomed.

But 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 inevitable traffic delays it will create but, frankly, just saying that the dualling work “continues to be a priority” is just not good enough.

I have been personally pushing for the A1 improvements for many a year.

The announcement of a firm date for work to begin is beyond overdue.

I am also keeping an eye on the A19 improvement plans.

What is a priority today can easily get kicked into the long grass.

I shall do my best to ensure this does not happen.

Jonathan Arnott,

Ukip North East MEP,

Elwick Road,

Hartlepool.