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Major Road Projects
A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibett
Message from Hazel Gardner, Highways England 18th Feb 2019:
I am writing to provide you with an update on the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet scheme.
Between 6 March and 23 April 2017, we held a consultation to invite comments on three route (orange, pink and purple) and three roundabout (A,B and C) options for the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet scheme.
I am pleased to announce that after careful consideration of more than 4000 responses and extensive technical design work, which included environmental analysis and traffic growth forecasting, we will be taking forward the development of the Orange route and Option C for the Black Cat roundabout.
Both of these options were widely supported in our consultation and our assessment shows that these offer the best benefits for road users, significantly reducing congestion and rat running through local communities and providing the best value for money.
The preferred route was carefully selected as the one that minimises environmental impacts as far as possible whilst providing transport and economic benefits in the region, and ensuring the road is built to cope with future growth. The new road will be built to high safety standards incorporating the most up-to-date engineering.
You can find out more in our Preferred Route Announcement booklet on our web page at: www.highwaysengland.co.uk/a428 where you will also find a copy of the Public Consultation Report.
We understand that a major new infrastructure project on this scale can cause worry and concern, particularly about the effect it will have on homes, communities and the environment. We are contacting those land and property owners directly affected by the route to help them understand potential impacts, their options and their rights, and have prepared a number of land and property documents for guidance. These are available to view on our website at: www.highwaysengland.co.uk/a428
Wherever possible we will maximise opportunities for road users, our stakeholders and local communities to be part of shaping and delivering this vitally important project and will be holding a second public consultation later this year to help refine the design by providing a further opportunity for comment.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
Programme Support Officer, Complex Infrastructure Programme (CIP)
Highways England | Woodlands | Manton Lane | Bedford | MK41 7LW
In November 2016 the Stage 3 Report of the A1 East of England Strategic Study was published with three options including one (Package A) which would route a new road to the west of the existing A1 going just west of Wyboston, through or very close to Staploe and Duloe and rejoin the current A1 just south of Brampton Hut at the new A14 junction. Package B proposes removing the roundabouts and some local improvements but not upgrading the non-motorway secion to a motorway (due to the number of houses that would have to be demolished) and Package C which does nothing with the current non-motorway secion and just improves some roundabouts near Hatfield. The Clerk's summary of the report can be found here:
The full report can be found here:
Madeline Russell is the Bedfordshire Parish Council representative on the A1 Stakeholder Committee. She attended two meetings in March and has compiled the following report. It is interesting to note that she says:
"My comment is that our bit of the A1 in Bedfordshire has rather been put on the back burner because the cost/benefit analysis is negative and therefore other schemes are a better use of public money."
There have been no further updates on the A1 East of England Study as of 19th February 2019
East West Rail
A consultation has opened on East-West rail routes from Bedford to Cambridge. They all go via Bedford but some not directly to the Town Centre. Some go south near Sandy and some further north near Tempsford / South of St. Neots and then via Cambourne. The challenges are to avoid impacting Wimople Hall estate and the RSPB and whether a train link from Cambourne would duplicate the plans to develop a metro from Cambourne to Cambridge.
The Campaign to Protect Rural England have given some feedback on this which is available here: