An announcement by Highways England on the preferred route of the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet scheme has been welcomed by Huntingdonshire District Council. Following a public consultation, the widely supported and most popular options were the Orange Route, with Option C for the Black Cat junction.

The proposed new route includes a new 10 mile carriageway between the Black Cat and Caxton Gibbet junctions, with a three-tier junction at the Black Cat roundabout to allow traffic to flow freely on the A1, A421 and the new road. The existing A428 will be retained for local traffic and public transport. It also includes improvements to the A428/B1040 Eltisley junction, and there will be improved routes for cyclists, walkers and horse riders.

Cllr Ryan Fuller, Executive Councillor for Housing, Planning and Economic Development, said: "Following proactive engagement from councillors, MPs and officers, the council is absolutely delighted that long awaited improvements to the A428 have finally been confirmed. This new route, which was broadly the council’s preference amongst the options, will begin to redress existing deficiencies in the road network. Critically, it will begin to reduce constraints to both local and wider cross country journeys, and give much greater certainty about the ability to move around within our district efficiently and effectively.

"Improved certainty in journey times will aid business confidence for future investment in employment opportunities, and help existing and future residents make more informed choices around the ability to live and work successfully across Huntingdonshire. Mitigation can be provided in terms of matters such as noise and air quality in order to protect St Neots now, and as part of planned growth which is a key consideration for this council. Coming alongside the current East West Rail consultation, these are all exciting announcements that increasingly demonstrate that Huntingdonshire is a strong and sustainable place for growth, providing great future economic benefits for our communities."