The decision to name the A1 north of Newcastle as a route of strategic national importance could come as good news for drivers of lease cars with a need to head north of the border.
Announced this week by the Department for Transport, the move adds roughly 65 miles to the country’s strategic importance network.
It is one of a number of updates due to be made, which also bring positive news for drivers of lease cars in the Liverpool area.
That is thanks to the inclusion of roads leading to Twelve Quays Ferry Terminal in Birkenhead in the strategic importance network, ensuring the flow of passenger traffic across to Belfast.
Regional and local transport minister Norman Baker says: “The changes are of particular significance for the A1 north of Newcastle where campaigners have long fought to have the route recognised as being of national importance.”
The original routes of importance were defined in 2009, linking England’s largest ten urban areas, seven busiest airports and ten busiest ports.
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