We are proposing to upgrade the route between the Black Cat roundabout and Caxton Gibbet roundabout with a new 10-mile dual carriageway and a number of junction improvements. The scheme will improve journeys between Milton Keynes and Cambridge, bringing communities together and supporting long term growth in the region.
What’s happening now?
This scheme is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP), which means it’s classed as a large, complex infrastructure project that benefits the entire country.
To build the scheme, we need to seek permission through a special planning process and gain a Development Consent Order (DCO) from the Planning Inspectorate.
We submitted our Development Consent Order application on 26 February 2021. This follows extensive engagement with the region – we’ve met with over 4,500 people to discuss our plans and formally consulted over 5,000 people to understand their views.
Using technology, we’ve explored new ways to share our proposals, creating a virtual consultation room to keep people informed during the Covid19 pandemic. And we’re encouraging more young people and their families into the planning process by using Minecraft, the world’s most popular video game. To find out about our consultations, visit our consultation page.
Our application has been accepted by the Planning Inspectorate, which means the examination process can now proceed. The application can be viewed here. You will soon be able to register to be involved in the examination process as an Interested Party. We'll update this page as soon as we have a confirmed date.
Watch our fly-through video showing you our proposals for the scheme.
This video is illustrative and reflects the design as of April 2021.