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Call to rename motorway in North Yorkshire

Call to rename motorway in North Yorkshire

Published at 10:49am 4th December 2015. (Updated at 1:02pm 4th December 2015)

A campaign to rename the A1(M) as the M1 is getting support from North Yorkshire County Council.

It's joined forces with the North East Combined Authority and Tees Valley Unlimited to call for the rebranding of the motorway up to Newcastle.

In his Budget, Chancellor George Osborne announced that "the Government will look into the case for renaming the A1(M) north of Leeds as the M1".

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Highways, said: "Over a number of years, the A1 through North Yorkshire has been progressively upgraded to motorway standard, and with the opening of the Leeming to Barton stretch in 2017, there will be a continuous motorway between London and Newcastle.

"There is now an opportunity to have this continuous motorway link recognised as a single road by redesignating the A1(M) as M1. We believe that this relatively simple measure could help in attracting inward investment to the North, but before we make any firm decisions, we are eager to find out if local businesses and people also believe this is the case.

"We believe that this renaming would give encouragement to businesses and to potential investors that North Yorkshire is the sort of location they are looking to locate their businesses, providing them with the best road and rail links to the rest of the country, as well as being a great place to live."

The authorities are asking for evidence on the potential benefits for existing businesses being close to the proposed M1, views on its role in attracting new businesses and any costs or other considerations.