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Roads Minister: Cumbria to North East is 'national pinch point'

The A69 could be made a dual carriageway. Credit: ITV Border

Roads Minister Andrew Jones says there is a "national pinch point" between Cumbria and the North East when it comes to road transport.

He's in Carlisle today, to look at plans to turn two major Cumbrian roads, the A69 and A66, into dual carriageways:

The key thing here is we know we have a national pinch point. We want to improve the east to west connections in the north of our country.

And how do we do that is the question we've asked. And we've asked it in a strategic study, which is going to report next year, and that will form part of our thinking in how we construct future road investment schemes."

– Andrew Jones, Roads Minister


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