Plans for £6.4million of improvements at the A1 Black Cat roundabout have been welcomed by campaigners.
Central Beds Councillor Doreen Gurney has hailed the initiative from the Department for Transport, which will see the roundabout and A1 approaches being expanded.
The money will be allocated from the department’s ‘Pinch Point Fund.’
Potton ward councillor Mrs Gurney has campaigned with North East Beds MP Alistair Burt to relieve congestion at the roundabout, especially at peak times.
She said: “The roundabout will be managed by control signals and will be widened and lengthened, which should help to improve the flow of traffic.
“It should also mean fewer lorries and vehicles diverting through Potton, Sandy, Everton and Biggleswade.”
Mrs Gurney, who is also chairman of Everton Parish Council started a petition for improvements to be made at the roundabout which has gathered support from around Chronicle Country and beyond.
She added: “The scheme is one of a small number which have received funding and we needed to satisfy a variety of criteria for the works to be approved.
“I hope this will just be the first phase of changes to the roundabout and the A1, which could also potentially include a flyover section on at least one carriageway in the future.”
Mr Burt was pleased, adding: “We all know that the ultimate answer with the Black Cat is a grade separated junction, which should have been built at the time of the Great Barford bypass. But at present that is just not possible.
“I raised improvements to the A1 with the previous Transport Minister some months ago and I am very pleased at this announcement.”
Mr Burt also praised Mrs Gurney for her campaign work.
He added: “I am grateful for the efforts of Councillor Gurney who has campaigned tirelessly for improvements to the A1 to help traffic being displaced into neighbouring villages, and for the help from other local councils.”
“I believe this will form part of future improvements to the road.”
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