MP says progress made on securing Government backing for key road upgrades

MP Jonathan Djanogly

MP Jonathan Djanogly - Credit: Archant

Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly met with the officials from the Department for Transport this week to put the case for improvements on the A428 and A421.

Mr Djanogly attended a briefing with Andrew Jones, the Minister of State for Transport, to discuss tackling congestion on the two roads, as well as pushing for improvements to the A14 and A1.

And Mr Djanogly, who is chairman of the A428/A421 Alliance, said he was assured that the Government was committed to completing detailed studies into the road network, with a series of stakeholder events due in September.

Mr Djanogly said it was “very positive news” for the area and said he wanted to see the government “back the plans without any delays”.

The meeting came just days after Mr Djanogly received a letter from the Department of Transport confirming its intention to press ahead with the studies.

The letter, sent from Mr Jones, said: “Initial work on the studies has now commenced, the Department for Transport expects to publish the study terms of reference following consultation with stakeholders in the summer.

“These will describe the various stages the studies will complete on their way to publishing a final report, for the majority of studies this is expected in autumn 2016.

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“We are committed to ensuring that stakeholder views are captured and shared and our intention now is to engage with wider groups of stakeholders.”

The single carriageway section of the A428 from Caxton Gibbet to St Neots and the Black Cat roundabout are regularly severely congested, with motorists often rat-running through neighbouring towns and villages.

Similarly, traffic delays on the A421 on the southern edge of Bedford at its business and retail hub, its junction with the A6 during peak times, and the interchanges at Milton and Copdock on the A14 are additional areas of concern.

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