Skanska will start work for A428 as it gains a contract from Highways England. This £507m contract will improve roads east of St Neots. The contract involves building a new 10-mile (16km) dual carriageway between the Black Cat roundabout at St Neots and Caxton Gibbet.
The works cover the last remaining single carriageway section between Cambridge and Milton Keynes. A number of junction improvements will be made, including a new three-tier junction at the Black Cat roundabout allowing free flowing traffic onto the A1 and the new carriageway.
The design partner Mott MacDonald along with Skanska contract scope includes new junctions at Caxton Gibbet and Cambridge Road, connecting the new dual carriageway to the existing A428, along with a new Roxton Road link to connect Wyboston and Chawston.
The works also cover new bridges crossing over the new dual carriageway at Roxton Road, Toseland Road, and Barford Road; and new bridges over the River Great Ouse and East Coast Main Line railway.
Highways England submitted its application for a development consent order to the Planning Inspectorate on 26th February 2021. There are 28 days to decide whether to accept the application for consideration by the Planning Inspectorate.
The new road is scheduled to open for traffic in 2025-2026, in case everything is set in a proper manner. The pre-examination period and examination period then follow with a decision expected in 2022.