There has been huge disappointment, after hopes were dashed that the A1 in Northumberland would finally be upgraded.
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander, announced details of road and rail improvements but there was no mention of dualling the A1 between Morpeth and Berwick.
Gregg Easteal has taken a journey along the section of the route, meeting people whose lives are affected by the Government's decision:
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