A1 to be turned into mo­tor­way to Lon­don

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

New plans to trans­form the A1 into a con­tin­u­ous mo­tor­way be­tween Peter­bor­ough and Lon­don have been wel­comed. TheA1Eastof Eng­land Strate­gic Study shows the need for im­prove­ments to be made to parts of the 62-mile sec­tion to the south of Peter­bor­ough.

Peter­bor­ough MP Ste­wart Jack­son praised the plans and said: “I wel­come the Gov­ern­ment’s plans to up­grade­theA1 asany­in­fras­truc­tureim­prove­mentsar­ea­sound­in­vest­ment.

“This comes on the back of plans for the A47 and the A14 im­prove­ments and new rolling stock for the East Coast Main­line in two years’ time.

“Any­thing­whichim­proves Peter­bor­ough’s con­nec­tiv­ity and strength­ens its po­si­tion as a trans­port hub must be good­for­job­sandtheecon­omy and there­fore for lo­cal peo­ple and businesses.”

C u r r e n t l y, t h e A 1 M runs from Peter­bor­ough to Hunt­ing­don and from Bal­dock to the M25.

The study also showed im­prov­ing the road could cut con­ges­tion and help re­duce the en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact of the ex­ist­ing lay­out, es­pe­cially for those­who­liveme­tre­saway from the A1

John Bridge, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Peter­bor­ough Cham- ber of Com­merce, said:” We have seen schemes like this be­fore that have never got off the ground - we need to make sure we de­liver this.

“It would open up growth for the city. We are in the sit­u­a­tion­wherewe­need­keyskills, and if we don’t have the right com­mut­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, we can’t get peo­ple in­volved. It is why­commut­ing­cor­ri­dor­sare so im­por­tant.

“That stretch of road can be a real chal­lenge at the mo­ment, and it is im­por­tant it is up­graded.”

Fi­nal re­ports will be com­pleted in the next six months and will in­form the de­vel­op­ment of the gov­ern­ment’s sec­ond Road I nvest­ment Strat­egy.

Queues at the Al­colnbury junc­tion, where works are set to start.

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