£600,000 project will look at how to improve the A1

PUBLISHED: 12:20 15 September 2015

A £600,000 study will examine ways to improve the A1.

A £600,000 study will examine ways to improve the A1.

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A £600,000 study has been approved to explore ways to improve the A1 from its junction with the M25 all the way to Peterborough.

The Highways England project will focus on how to improve the non-motorway section linking the two parts of the A1(M) to motorway standard.

At the moment the busy route isn’t classified as a motorway between Stotfold and Alconbury, just south of Peterborough.

It is one of six studies taking place across England to address the biggest challenges facing the strategic road network and is due to be finished by the end of next year.

Consultants Arup will review existing evidence and prepare a case to consider further investment on the A1.

The study will look at bringing consistency to the southern section of the route and whether improvements, including changing the alignment of the road, could reduce the environmental impact of the existing route and benefit local communities.

Roads minister Andrew Jones said: “As part of our long-term economic plan, we are investing over £2 billion on major road improvements in the East of England.

“Today’s announcement will mean better transport links and more job opportunities for hardworking families across the region.”

Nigel Edwards, the divisional director of strategic planning for Highways England, said: “This study could lead to major benefits across the East and I’m pleased we’ve now reached the stage where we can appoint a specialist company to assess the feasibility and start the process.

“The A1 is one of our oldest trunk roads, and also one of the least consistent. This study will examine what could be done to improve the road to motorway standard and bring consistency to the southern section of the route.”

The study is due to be completed by the end of 2016.

3 comments

  • The study completes by end 2016... left a bit, left a bit kick..right into the long grass. There's an idea perhaps we can get the HS2 diverted? ...Tunnel it under the A1..!

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    Bob

    Friday, September 18, 2015

  • Simple really it needs to be 3 or 4 lanes all the way from the m25 to Stotfold, then upgraded to a 3 lame motorway the rest of the way.

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    Simon Slater

    Thursday, September 17, 2015

  • Well Mr McPartland there is no sign of the A1M widening you said you achieved in your numerous election addresses. This cheap study does not even appear to look at the congestion between J6 and J8. Congratulations for hoodwinking the greater Stevenage electorate.

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    patrick newman

    Wednesday, September 16, 2015

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