Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick-upon-Tweed, has met the team behind the A1 dualling project to discuss progress since their last meeting in November.
The MP was keen to know how the request from the Secretary of State for Transport for further information on the environmental impact of the scheme, had affected the team’s plans.
Speaking of the decision Anne-Marie said:
“The Secretary of State has asked for further information on the scheme, including an updated environmental impact assessment. This is not a cause for alarm, a number of schemes have received similar requests. It is frustrating, but there is a strict planning process and we need to follow it The National Highways team are preparing their report for the Secretary of State, based on the latest data they have.
“They reassured me that in the meantime, they are getting on with work they had planned to run alongside the start of major works, but are now commencing earlier to ensure they are ready once they get the go ahead.
“Meanwhile, I will be ensuring my ministerial colleagues continue to hear about how important this scheme is to Northumberland and pushing them to give the start of works the official go ahead as soon as possible.”
You can read the letter from the Secretary of State HERE.