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The Chancellor George Osborne said there was a "compelling argument" for improving the A1 between Newcastle and the Scottish Borders.
Campaigners have been arguing for years that the road should be made into a dual carriageway all the way along.
The Chancellor George Osborne has been tasting whisky at a 150-year-old business in Berwick-upon-Tweed, as he announced a programme of investment for rural businesses.
He chose to make the announcement at Simpson's Malt, which has invested £90m in its malting businesses over the last 30 years.
The Chancellor George Osborne is visiting Berwick to announce extra funding that he said will support business growth in the North East from 2015, especially in rural areas.
Businesses in County Durham, Gateshead and Northumberland will be able to apply for grants from two funds, worth £22.5m.
The money is a combination of government money, private sector funding and European investment.
It could pay for the development of workspaces, investment in tourist attractions and accommodation, or investment in new equipment to help small businesses grow, where they have struggled to raise money from other sources.