Busy Cambridgeshire road to get massive upgrade

PUBLISHED: 10:44 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 11:33 13 January 2017

Massive upgrade for some of the county's roads

Massive upgrade for some of the county's roads

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A428 between Caxton Gibbet and Black Cat roundabouts to be improved

Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling announces upgrades to some of the county's roads. Picture: Keith HeppellSecretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling announces upgrades to some of the county's roads. Picture: Keith Heppell

A busy Cambridgeshire road is to get a massive upgrade as part of a £15 billion government investment.

The A428 between Caxton Gibbet roundabout to the Black Cat roundabout on the A1 in Bedfordshire is one of eight schemes to be improved across the country.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced the multi-million investment, designed to reduce congestion, improve safety and boost the economy, for the A12 and A47 as well as the A428. The work is expected to begin in 2020.

They include:

• widening of the A12 between Chelmsford and the A120 junction in Essex

• improvements on the A428 between Caxton Gibbet roundabout in Cambridgeshire and the Black Cat roundabout in Bedfordshire

• six major improvement schemes, including junction and dualling, along the A47 route in Cambridgeshire and Norfolk.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “The Government is making a record investment to improve our motorways and major ‘A’ roads across the country to get motorists to their destinations more quickly, easily and safely.

“These vital schemes in the East of England will not only help relieve congestion, they will also link people with jobs and businesses with customers, helping boost the region’s economy and improving lives.”

Over the next few months, public consultations will be held to give drivers, residents and businesses their chance to comment to ensure the best possible improvements are taken forward.

The schemes were announced in the Government’s Road Investment Strategy in December 2014 and are worth up to £1.1 billion in total.

Today’s announcement follows the start of works on the £1.5 billion A14 upgrade between Cambridge and Huntingdon and the Government’s announcement to develop the Oxford to Cambridge expressway with £27 million of funding.

As part of the Autumn Statement in November 2016 a separate £1.2 billion is also available to councils across England to improve roads, relieve congestion and provide important upgrades..

Highways England Chief Executive Jim O’Sullivan said: “These improvements are made possible by the Government’s £15 billion investment in our strategic roads.

“They are much needed by the half a million drivers who use them every day. Each scheme has been developed by working with local partners and through this consultation we are welcoming views on them. I encourage anyone with an interest in these roads – whether they drive on them, live near them or depend on them for trade – to get involved.”

Public consultations on plans for the latest schemes will launch in the coming months and will be widely publicised.

January 2017

A12 Chelmsford to A120 widening Widening of the A12 between Chelmsford and the A12/A120 junction in Essex

March 2017

A428 Caxton Gibbet to Black Cat improvements Improvements on the A428 between Caxton Gibbet roundabout in Cambridgeshire and the Black Cat roundabout in Bedfordshire

March 2017

A47 Wansford to Sutton dualling Dualling of the A47 between the A1 and the dual carriageway section west of Peterborough.

March 2017

A47 Guyhirn junction improvements Creation of a new, larger junction linking the A47 and A141.

March 2017

A47 North Tuddenham to Easton dualling Dualling of the single carriageway section of the A47 between Norwich and Dereham, linking together two existing sections of dual carriageway.

March 2017

A47/A11 Thickthorn junction improvements Improvement of the interchange between A47 and A11, improving access into Norwich.

March 2017

A47 Blofield to North Burlingham dualling Dualling of the A47 to fill a gap in the dual carriageway section between Norwich and the Acle Straight.

March 2017

A47/A12 junction improvements

Improvements to junctions throughout Great Yarmouth, including reconstruction of the Vauxhall roundabout.

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