£500 million transport boot could boost A1307

A1307 crash deaths
A1307 crash deaths

The A1307 is set to benefit from a £500 investment to improve transport links to Cambridge announced as part of the Budget.

The cash from central Government, part of the ‘city deal’, is to be released over the next 15 to 20 years, it was announced last Wednesday (March 19).

The total amount is set to be topped up to £1 billion by local authorities using funding from growth.

The first £100 million will be released next year, with two further injections of £200 million being released if Cambridge meets targets for economic growth, house building and ending congestion.

South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC), Cambridgeshire County Council and Cambridge City Council will pool together their funding and resources and create a single strategic vision.

Investment is likely to focus on public transport and key corridors to the city – including the A1307.

County and SCDC Cllr Roger Hickford had said previously the city deal cash will likely focus on improving the A1307 from Fourwentways to Cambridge, and has thus suggested a new settlement and Linton bypass from Haverhill to Fourwentways to connect the town to the improved links to Cambridge.

West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock advocates dualling the A1307 to the A11 at Fourwentways.

Nic Rumsey, owner of Carisbrooke Investments which is building the £100 million Haverhill Research Park, had said dualling the A1307 would cost between £2.6m and £3.2m per kilometre.

For the full story and all the latest news see Thursday’s (March 27) Echo.