A1 to close near Black Cat as work continues on scheme to reduce congestion

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Overnight carriageway closures are to start on the A1 at Black Cat roundabout as work on the scheme to reduce congestion continues.

The A1 northbound between Tempsford Road, Blunham and the Black Cat roundabout will be closed overnight from Monday, September 22 for five nights from 8pm until 5am.

After this has been completed, the A1 southbound between the A428 and Tempsford Road will be closed from Saturday, September 27 for two nights from 8pm until 5am.

The road will be closed to allow kerbing works, road crossings for drainage pipes and road re-alignment to be carried out.

There will be a clearly signed diversion route via Barford Road and A428.

Drivers intending to travel on the A1 are advised to plan their journeys and allow some extra time to reach their destinations.

The scheme to ease congestion at this important roundabout is progressing well and is on track to complete early next year.

It is part of the Government’s £317million pinch point programme, which aims to boost local economies by reducing congestion and delays at key locations.

The pinch point programme was developed with Local Enterprise Partnerships, and each of its 123 road improvement schemes is designed to boost local economies, reduce congestion and improve safety on the strategic road network in England. It is part of the Government’s long term economic plan, and was announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November 2011.

Live traffic information is available on the Highways Agency website and mobile app, and drivers can also listen to traffic bulletins on local radio for updates.