Road summit calls for improvements to the A428 and A421

Business and transport bosses from across five counties are joining forces to call for a high-quality route linking Cambridge, Bedford, Milton Keynes and the Midlands

An alliance of MPs, the Highways Agency, Local Enterprise Partnerships, and council bosses from Cambridgeshire, Central Bedfordshire, Bedford Borough, Milton Keynes, Norfolk and Suffolk are meeting today to discuss how they can lobby for fresh government investment to finance improvements to the A428 and A421.

Over the next decade the area is expected to see 200,000 new homes built and almost a quarter of a million new jobs created.

But despite road improvements in recent years, including the dualling of the A421 and A428 between Caxton and Cambridge, and the Bedford Western Bypass, there are still regular traffic delays along the route. Problem areas include the single carriageway section from Caxton Gibbet to St Neot’s, the Black Cat roundabout, and the A421 on the southern edge of Bedford.

Alistair Burt, MP for North East Bedfordshire, said: “Not only will an improved A428/421 have a regional impact good for business and development, but it will help relieve existing blight to villages and small towns affected by drivers of vehicles large and small seeking alternative routes throughout the area.”

Nigel Young, executive member for strategic planning at Central Bedfordshire Council, added; “We are delighted that key routes in our areas are progressing, such as the M1 – A 5 link road in the west of our patch. Now, with the help of our partners and neighbouring authorities, we must demonstrate to Central Government that there are other key strategic routes in desperate need of revision.”