Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Transport Policy in a Muddle; in Association with RBS

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Transport Policy in a Muddle; in Association with RBS

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Byline: PETER JACKSON

THE Highways Agency doesn't intend to look at major improvements to the A1 until 2015.

The main road linking the two major capitals of the United Kingdom will remain single carriageway for much of its length in the North East.

At one time it might have been thought that there was a sensible reason behind this.

After all, even if you don't believe in man-made global warming, you might still reasonably believe that there are far too many cars.

It must be a good thing to discourage car use and encourage people to use public transport, especially the railways, and any government with the national interest at heart would make this its policy.

At one time people were persuaded it had.

In fact, to be specific, that time was on June 6, 1997, when John Prescott, deputy prime minister, whose many duties included implementing an integrated transport policy, said: "I will have failed if in five years time there are not. …

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