Campaigners fighting to dual the A1 have put the argument that the current state of the road is damaging our business and taking lives to a government minister today.
There have been dozens of fatal accidents and many more serious injuries on the A1 in Northumberland over the last few years.
Businesses say they suffer financially and are not taken seriously internationally because the area lacks a dual carriageway.
You can watch the full report from Julie Harrison below.
The A1 (Western Bypass) is closed in both directions - slow traffic due to an accident between the B6317 (Swalwell Turn Off) and the A694 / A69 (Blaydon / Consett Turn Off).
The road is expected to be closed for some time.
Diversion: Southbound via solid square signs, Northbound using local routes.
Delays of 15 minutes - two lanes closed and slow traffic due to shed load and accident involving a lorry on the A1(M) in both directions between junction 65 A194(M) / A1 / A1231 / B1288 Birtley and junction 64 A195 (Washington).
A survey has revealed that a third of AA members have suffered damage to their cars from potholes over the last two years, while nearly six in 10 motorists in the North East said roads in the region were worse than they were a year ago.
A third of motorists rated the overall surface condition of their local roads as poor, very poor or terrible in the AA/Populus survey of nearly 23,000 drivers.
Only 10% of those polled rated their local roads very good or excellent, with the lowest ratings going to Scotland, Yorkshire and Humberside.
In north-east England, 59% said conditions were worse, while those saying the roads had improved were greatest in Wales and London.
A programme of road improvements to repair the damage caused by last year’s severe flooding has been announced today by North Yorkshire County Council.
The Council is to spend an additional £857,000 tackling highways drainage issues – on top of a £723,000 programme already agreed. In addition, the council had already allocated £2 million to pay for road repairs.
Middlesborough's Transporter Bridge is closed due to high winds between Vulcan Street and Port Clarence Road (A1046)
One lane blocked and queueing traffic due to an incident on A19 Northbound between A66 and A1046 Haverton Hill Road (Portrack Interchange), congestion on A19 to A1130 Levick Crescent.
One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle and recovery work on A19 Southbound at A179 / B1280.
Transporter Bridge closed due to strong winds between Vulcan Street and A1046 Port Clarence Road.
Queueing traffic due to people slowing to look at accident on A1(M) Northbound between J62 A690 (Carrville) and J63 A167 / A183 (Chester-le-Street).
Due to an accident on the Southbound side.