Wednesday, 27 January 2010

A1 needs widening not slowing down

I read today of the governments plan to drop the speed limit on the A1 between Birtley and Blaydon Bridge and narrow the lanes to enable them to squeeze another lane in. This region, and especially Blaydon constituency, is having its potential for growth throttled by a lack of investment in our infrastructure. Very little investment in new public transport has been compounded by a lack of vision on key road routes. The A1 just doesn't have enough width as it runs past Blaydon constituency but cutting speeds means that drivers in non peak times will actually take longer to get about. This will reduce any incentive to travel off peak and the scheme will give the government an excuse to stop investment in the A1 for a generation.

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