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Fresh plans for St Neots A428 upgrade and new Black Cat roundabout to go on show

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The latest plans to improve one of the busiest road links in the East of England will be going on show next week.

The Black Cat roundabout on the A1 south of St Neots is the subject of a multi-million pound project that could see a new underpass installed along with a new 10-mile dual carriageway stretch of the A428.

The aim is to improve journeys from the Caxton Gibbet junction on the A428 in Cambridgeshire through to the Black Cat roundabout in Bedfordshire.

A new A428 junction would also be added at Cambridge Road near St Neots.

The Highways England scheme has already been out to public consultation before, but the latest plans, the organisation says, include changes recommended from the feedback as well as new technical details, such as changes to the construction methods and environmental impacts of the project.

The next phase of the consultation will start next Wednesday (June 24).

The proposed Black Cat junction Image: Highways England (36476955)
The proposed Black Cat junction Image: Highways England (36476955)

Lee Galloway, Highways England A428 programme lead, said: “We have been really encouraged by people’s feedback on the project so far, and this latest round of consultation reflects feedback from our consultation in 2019 and the ongoing engagement with the local community, organisations and road users.

“This project will help to transform one of the East of England’s busiest sections of road, playing a vital role in creating quicker, safer and more reliable journeys which will bring communities together, create new job opportunities and support long term sustainable growth.

“This consultation will be a chance for people who live, work and travel in and around Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire to have their say on the latest design.”

The consultation will run for five weeks and, because of Covid-19, will include a virtual consultation room where people can log on from home to hear about the changes from Highways England’s technical team as well as explore maps and more details about the proposals.

There will also be live web chats with the technical team and telephone information events, where people can dial in to hear more details about the consultation.

The consultation will be visible from https://highwaysengland.co.uk/a428-black-cat-to-caxton-gibbet-home/ from June 24.

For more, email info@a428.co.uk or call 0300 123 5000.

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