A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet

Improving the A428 near St Neots.

Region:  East
Start date:  2021/22
Cost:  TBC
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

Progress report

We've recently issued the 2018/19 Delivery Plan Update for all road projects nationally. For the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet project, the start of works has moved to Roads Period 2 (between 2020 and 2025) and our aim is to start construction in 2021/22 subject to the Development Consent Order application.

The date change will allow the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon scheme to be completed before we start construction, reducing potential disruption on the strategic and local road network. This will also allow time to ensure that the solution we identify for the scheme meets the long-term needs of local communities and road users throughout the region.

We've been undertaking various technical analyses including reviewing feedback of the consultation events. We have also increased the scope of our traffic modelling and carried out additional baseline environmental studies. This will enable us to make a more informed decision in conjunction with the progress and outputs to date of the A1 East of England Strategic Study. Our approach will ensure a suitable long-term solution is identified.

We expect to announce the preferred route announcement in late 2018, subject to the necessary approvals. As soon as the route is confirmed, we'll engage with all those directly affected to better understand concerns and opportunities. A further public consultation on the route will be held with public information exhibitions, which will provide another opportunity for stakeholders and customers to help shape the scheme before the start of the formal Development Consent Order process.

The A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet scheme is an integral part of our plan to improve journeys between Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes. This new timetable does not change our ambition to open this new route, including the missing link between Milton Keynes and Oxford, by 2030.

What next?

We'll be continuing with surveys for sections of the scheme that are common to all route options.

Timeline

Date Event
2018/19 Site surveys including topographical studies, traffic modelling, ecological surveys and ground investigation at key locations for all route options.
2018 Preferred Route Announcement and further engagement with local community representatives and landowners.
2019 Public consultation expected to take place on the developed route option.
2019 Further develop the scheme incorporating input from all consultees.
2019/20 Submit application for a Development Consent Order.
2020 to 2025 Start of works – if approved, construction is expected to proceed in 2021/22.

Why we need this scheme

The A428 between the A1 junction near St Neots and the A1198 Caxton Gibbet is single carriageway with a series of roundabouts and give-way junctions. It experiences major delays during peak periods, resulting in delays and reduced speeds. With few available diversions, incidents and accidents result in disruption over a wide area.

The A428 is an important route in an area of the country where considerable growth in housing and employment is planned.

Aims

The scheme will:
  • reduce congestion and delays
  • increase road capacity
  • improve journey time reliability
  • support the growth identified in local plans
  • improve safety
  • provide alternative access to local roads
  • help the transport network to better cope with road maintenance and with incidents such as collisions, breakdowns, maintenance
  • improve the environmental impact of transport on communities along the existing A428 route
  • provide improved routes between communities for cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians
  • reconnect communities
  • improve safe and effective access for public transport users

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Planned roadworks

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Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A421 and the A428 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 August 2018 to 19 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 5:02 am
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A428 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 August 2018 to 19 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 16, 2018, 5:02 am
Location : The A1 northbound between the A421 and the junction with the A428 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:00 on 13 August 2018 to 06:00 on 19 October 2018.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 4:53 pm
Location : The A1 northbound exit slip to the A428 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 22:00 on 30 September 2018.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 1:00 pm
Location : The A1 northbound entry slip from the A428 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 22:00 on 30 September 2018.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 1:00 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A421 and the junction with the A14 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 16 August 2018 to 19 October 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 1:00 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the junctions with the A421 and the A428 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 16 August 2018 to 06:00 on 17 August 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 August 2018 to 19 October 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: August 15, 2018, 1:00 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A421 and the junction with the A6001 Biggleswade South. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 21:01 on 14 August 2018 to 06:00 on 1 September 2018.
Posted: August 14, 2018, 8:01 pm

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