Road to nowhere

The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -

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

Ed­in­burgh

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