The Chancellor has committed to upgrading the A1 to motorway from London to Tyneside as far as the Team Valley in Gateshead.
George Osborne made the announcement in his Autumn Statement this afternoon. There was no mention of upgrading the road further north.
Other headlines from the Chancellor's statement include cancelling the planned 3 per cent rise in fuel duty.
Mr Osborne also announced an increase in support for businesses, including more help for local enterprise partnerships which promote regional businesses.
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