David Woodard

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In 2014, when Alan Beith was the MP for the Berwick upon Tweed constituency, the coalition government announced that sections the A1 in Northumberland were to be upgraded to dual carriageway. Now, later than was expected, Highways England has announced the preferred route from Morpeth to Felton. The Green route option has been chosen. This […]

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Bus reregulation plans thwarted

by David Woodard on 4 November, 2015

The Quality Contract Scheme board has dismissed a proposal from Nexus, which manages public transport in Tyne and Wear, to reregulate bus services. The board decided that the planned change “does not provide value for money”, while imposing “disproportionate adverse effects on operators”. However, Tyne and Wear’s attempt was made under pre-devolution legislation. New devolution […]

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Rail Improvements in the North of England?

by David Woodard on 26 June, 2015

Many people, especially in Northumberland, think the North of England stops beyond ‘Godzone’ at the border with Scotland but Tory ministers seem to think otherwise. The £38.5million Rail Improvement Plan announced well before the election and heralded in the Conservative election manifesto went as far north as the Trans-Pennine route between Leeds and Manchester. Now […]

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A timetable for dualling the A1 north of Morpeth

by David Woodard on 22 March, 2015

Thanks to Sir Alan Beith MP’s long standing campaign the coalition Government has now committed to dual large sections of the A1 through Northumberland and making significant improvements on the rest of the road. This comes after decades of resistance from previous Conservative and Labour Governments. Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander has said […]

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Julie Pörksen welcomes travel help announcement

by David Woodard on 19 September, 2014

Julie, a local Liberal Democrat campaigner, has welcomed the launch of the party’s pre-manifesto, which sets out the vision for Britain in the next Parliament. The policies in the pre-manifesto, which has spreading opportunity for the next generation at its heart, will be debated and voted on by members at the upcoming Liberal Democrats’ Party […]

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On June 22nd I reported that Northumberland County Council’s controlling Labour group had cancelled a meeting scheduled for July 2nd due to “lack of business” resulting in a three month gap between meetings. Subsequently the Tory group at the Council, using the Council’s approved Constitution, called for a meeting to discuss a motion to rescind […]

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English cities seek closer ties to Scotland

by David Woodard on 8 May, 2014

The leaders of eight English cities – Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield – have insisted they want “closer ties rather than greater separation” from Scotland’s main municipal centres. The council leaders say Britain’s big cities share much in common, including their industrial past and a common future “as the drivers of […]

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Cameron short of friends in the North

by David Woodard on 14 July, 2013

Ed Cox, director of IPPR North, says that the government is spending 500 times as much on transport infrastructure in Boris Johnson’s London than it is in the North-east. We are therefore perhaps justified in feeling neglected by the coalition or at the very least at the back of the queue.

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Morpeth’s Transport Network Review

by David Woodard on 26 March, 2013

The findings of the ‘Managing Morpeth’s Transport’ review stakeholder workshop held in early March (4th), and the remaining steps required to finalise the review, were discussed by the review steering group last week (March 21st see previous post on this website). Phil Jones, the consultant appointed to carry out an independent review of the transport […]

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Council seeks contractors for Morpeth Northern Bypass scheme

by David Woodard on 26 February, 2013

At a Longhirst Hall event tomorrow Northumberland County Council is engaging with local providers and advising them of the procurement process for the Bypass scheme and the potential supply chain opportunities. It is promoting the use of local employment to contractors and the provision of training opportunities for local people. It will include a question […]

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