Road to nowhere
Graeme Hastie asks when Edinburgh’s Leith Walk and Leith Street were last free of road works (Letters, 24 July). Perhaps we could ask the same of sections of the A1 south of Newcastle, an important artery for east coast motorist to Scotland?
In my youth, back in the 1960s, I can recall roadworks and improvements on the A1 and the job is not yet finished. Whilst there are now a variety of roads north-south which make up this route, A1(M), A1, M1, it is not as continuous as the M6 west coast route which was finished in the 1970s. On a recent trip north from Norfolk we were subjected to delays at the roundabout where the A17 meets the A1 at Newark, road widening near Scotch Corner, delayed leaving service stations at Newark and Durham in part due to roadworks and gridlock around Newcastle and again affected by road works. I think I will take the train next time! BENEDICT BATE South Clerk Street