Jonathan Djanogly MP: An improved A428 is vital to unlocking growth
26th March 2015
MPs, the Highways Agency, the Department for Transport, Local Enterprise Partnerships and the Councils of Cambridgeshire, Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough met for the second time on 13th March as the A428/A421 Alliance to pursue the aim of championing much needed improvements to the A428 and A421 and its approaches.
The group has joined forces to press for investment from central government to create a high quality reliable route between Cambridge, Bedford, Milton Keynes and the Midlands.
At the meeting Alliance members received an update from the Highways Agency which has published a Route Strategy to identify options for improvements for the corridor and is now working towards producing potential solutions, which are due to be published at the end of March. It was also confirmed that construction must begin within a five year period.
The Alliance partners welcomed the Government’s announcement that the A428 has been included in the Road Investment Strategy and reconfirmed their desire to work with the Highways Agency to press for improvements to ensure that this route can function more effectively as a strategic east west link and support the significant housing and jobs growth planned along the corridor.
Jonathan Djanogly MP for Huntingdon and Chairman of the Alliance said “An improved A428 is vital to unlocking growth in this area and assisting businesses in the Eastern region between Cambridge and Bedford. This road is an imperative issue for Cambridgeshire, Bedford, Central Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes.”
“With the A428 now included as a named scheme, together with the A14 proposals and now the A1 feasibility study announcement, this Government is showing a profound understanding and commitment to developing the infrastructure needed for Huntingdonshire and the whole of the east of England.”