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HELP STOP the A428 Expressway “southern routes”
A new 4-lane (70mph speed limit) “Expressway” has been signed off by Highways England. It could pass through our beautiful countryside with devastating effects. Two of the three proposed routes – Pink and Purple – will adversely affect those who live in nearby villages. Please take a few moments to tell Highways England why the orange route works and the purple and especially the pink do not.
THE PINK ROUTE WILL BE ABOUT A MILE OR LESS FROM YOUR VILLAGE!!!!!
You can see Highways England Consultation brochure and feed back on line at:
https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/a428-black-cat-to-caxton-gibbet/consultation/intro/
ORANGE IS BEST BECAUSE IT:
Has an access point east of St Neots making it; the only route that supports the recent and continuing development east of St Neots; connecting St Neots to Cambridge and Milton Keynes and thereby serving businesses and stimulating economic growth; allowing the increasing population of Cambourne to access the St Neots railway station. THE PINK AND PURPLE ROUTES DO NOT, CUTTING OFF ST NEOTS
Will reduce traffic on the old 428 by ~66% or 18,000 journeys a day (vs 10,000 and only ~36%) for pink or purple – this will make the old road much quieter and more suitable for walkers, cyclists and other leisure activities as well as being beneficial for connectivity of the villages that will still use the old road
Reduces the “Rat Running” impact on village communities- as the old 428 will now be quieter it will reduce HGV traffic in the villages
Reduces the impact of noise and pollution on tranquil village communities such as Waresley, the Gransdens, Abbotsley, and Gamlingay and is the least invasive to the local environment and countryside
It is close to the existing A428 over most of its length and thus is the least disruptive
Meets the needs of both local and national road users
THE PINK ROUTE WILL BE ABOUT A MILE OR LESS FROM YOUR VILLAGE!!!!!
An increase in air pollution and noise in previously tranquil villages. It would seriously impact residents of Gamlingay, Waresley, Abbotsley, and The Gransdens.
Loss of ancient woodland, natural habitat of plants and animals and beautiful views from the Greensand Ridge (The Greensand Heritage Trust has just been awarded £1.66 million to protect this same environment.)
The SSSI of Weaveley-Sand Wood would threatened by the expressway
The SSSI’s of Waresley and Gransden woods would be threatened by the expressway
The Waresley/Gransden/Gamlingay conservation areas and National Trust sites would very close to the routes
No improved access to/from local villages
Increases in rat run traffic through the villages
Devastating loss of a huge amount of breath taking countryside impacting riders, walkers, runners and cyclists
The pink route passes through an area south of Abbotsley which is liable to dense fog
THE PURPLE ROUTE WILL:
Still seriously impact the Gransdens and Abbotsley, but will be less invasive for Waresley and Gamlingay
You can see Highways England Consultation brochure and feedback BEFORE 23RD APRIL at:
https://highwaysengland.citizenspace.com/he/a428-black-cat-to-caxton-gibbet/consultation/intro/
Or Email your response to a428blackcattocaxtongibbet@highwaysengland.co.uk
Or send a letter to ‘FREEPOST A428 BLACK CAT TO CAXTON GIBBET’
Thank you for your support, it really will make a difference



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