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A1 improvements mooted

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A new study setting out the case to upgrade key parts of the A1 in Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire has been published by the Department for Transport (DfT).

The A1 east of England strategic study is one of six reports commissioned by the department in autumn 2015 to address some of the biggest challenges facing the road network. The report shows the need for improvements to be made to parts of the 100km section between London and Peterborough.

The study also showed improving the road could cut congestion and help reduce the environmental impact of the existing layout, especially, it said, for those who live metres away from the A1.

Transport minister John Hayes said: “I want people across the east of England to benefit from quicker, more reliable journeys. Our cities and towns are the lifeblood of our economy and they, as well as our rural communities, need strong connections to thrive.

“We are already spending £15bn on the biggest upgrade to the road network for generations.”

The study is part of the Government’s next phase of road improvements, which will get underway from 2020. The current Road Investment Strategy period covers 2015 to 2020.

The public body said that a number of options to improve the A1 would now be developed. These include a new motorway section between Baldock and Huntingdon, improving junctions and upgrading east to west connectivity around the route.

The study is one of three reports which have been released recently by the department. The Trans-Pennine tunnel and the Cambridge to Oxford expressway reports were also published at the same time. Studies into the M25 south west quadrant, the Manchester north west quadrant and the Northern Trans-Pennine are also reported to be underway.

The department said that the final reports for all six would be completed in the next six months and would inform the development of the Government’s second Road Investment Strategy.

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