Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

What They Say about Go for Jobs

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

What They Say about Go for Jobs

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Sharon Hodgson, Gateshead East and Washington West MP:

"It's been an absolutely fantastic campaign.

"I think it has really made a difference. We've reached the highest levels of Government ( I was able to explain it to Alistair Darling when he was Transport Secretary and you could see the penny dropping. I don't believe we're there until the A1 is a motorway, dualled all the way and three lanes on the Western bypass, with a totally integrated transport system, but we can be proud of what we've achieved."

Alistair Arkley, Northern Business Forum:

"I'm really pleased that everyone in the region is united behind this ( the job The Journal has done has been excellent. But I'm disappointed by the slowness with which things seem to get done. We still have an unreliable transport system, and we need to keeping shouting about the critical priorities. Joining the North-East to the rest of the country by motorway is a start."

Dave Anderson, Blaydon MP:

"The work that's been done has been great in raising the profile, and we seem to be getting people listening, but we're a long way from concrete action. We have to keep going. If we don't make progress we'll just go backwards ( we don't have the option to stand still."

Kevin Rowan, TUC Northern regional secretary:

"The issues of concern around the barriers to economic growth in the North-East are now much more well known and understood. But we do feel Article 14s are still restricting the region's development."

Alex Watson, North-East Assembly chairman:

"The North-East Assembly is proud to support the Go for Jobs campaign in its bid to redress the historical under-funding of the region's most significant arterial road routes.

"We believe there is a strong argument for changing the criteria on which transport allocations are made as these continue to disadvantage the region. …

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