Plans for 10-mile dual carriageway linking Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridge given the green light

    Planning permission has been granted for National Highways to begin work on the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvements.

    The project will see a brand new 10-mile dual carriageway built, joining the A1 Black Cat roundabout in Bedfordshire to the A428 Caxton Gibbet roundabout in Cambridgeshire.

    The two roundabouts will also see upgrades with free-flowing junctions.

    The plans will link Milton Keynes to Cambridge and the project aims to save drivers up to an 'hour-and-a-half on their journeys every week'.

    Lee Galloway, National Highways Project Director, said: “This announcement is a major milestone, not only for the us, but also for the many local communities who have long campaigned for improvements, as well as our stakeholders who we’ve been working with for several years.

    “Our proposals to upgrade the route between the A1 Black Cat roundabout and A428 Caxton Gibbet roundabout with a new 10-mile dual carriageway and a number of junction improvements are good for businesses and jobs, will improve safety and make journeys more reliable.”

    Dave Hodgson, Elected Mayor of Bedford Borough, said, “It’s great to see that we have passed another important milestone for the upgraded route.

    “I know so many local residents support this project and look forward to the vital carriageway and junction upgrades. Together we are making the Borough a better place to live, work and visit.”

    Work is set to begin towards the end of this year.

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