The Berwick MP Sir Alan Beith has given a cautious welcome to the statement by Danny Alexander, despite the bitter disappointment for campaigners who had hoped for the dualling of the A1 in Northumberland.
The Chief Secretary to the Treasury gave details of government spending on road and rail projects, but has ordered only a feasibility study for the A1 north of Newcastle.
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Emma Jesson brings you Saturday night's forecast
Feeling much colder later on Saturday. Wintry showers possible on Sunday and Monday