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WATCH: St Neots residents to hear about £950m A428 Black Cat scheme

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Residents and visitors to St Neots on Saturday will be able to find out more about the £810million to £950million A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvements.

The scheme will improve journeys between Milton Keynes and Cambridge, bringing communities together and supporting long term growth in the region.

National Highways will have a mobile visitor centre on Saturday 26 November (8am – 1pm) at St Neots Farm & Craft market at St Neots Weekly Market, Market Square, Saint Neots PE19 2AJ.

It is one of a number of public engagement events being held ahead of construction work starting.

The vital upgrade will improve journeys between Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridge and construction work is due to begin work on the scheme before the end of the year after the Secretary of State for Transport granted formal planning permission.

National Highways plans will see the creation of a new 10-mile dual carriageway linking the A1 Black Cat roundabout in Bedfordshire to the A428 Caxton Gibbet roundabout on the A428 in Cambridgeshire.

Both existing roundabouts will be upgraded into modern, free-flowing junctions with a new junction added at Cambridge Road, improving access to St Neots and its train station.

The A428 between St Neots and Caxton Gibbet is the only stretch of single carriageway on the strategic road network between the M1 near Milton Keynes and Cambridge.

It is an important link between the M1 and the M11 and joins the communities of Milton Keynes, Bedford, St Neots and Cambridge together.

The improvements will help drivers save up to an hour-and-a-half on their journeys every week.

National Highways will also be hosting an online webinar between 6pm and 7:30pm on Wednesday 30 November via Microsoft Teams.

Registration for the online event is here.

Lee Galloway, National Highways Project Director, said: “Ahead of construction starting later this year, we would love to meet as many people from the local community as possible so they can hear about our plans and have the opportunity to ask questions.

“We will continue talking to and putting local communities at the heart of the project as we move through construction to transform journeys between Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridge.”

National Highways says the work, including to the Black Cat roundabout, will help tackle one of the region’s most notorious congestion areas

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