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Review launched into improving A1 in East of England

A1 Credit: ITV Anglia

A £600,000 study is being launched on how to improve the A1 in the East of England,

Highways England has appointed the engineering firm Arup to carry out the study into improving the A1 from its junction with the M25 to Peterborough, particularly the non-motorway section linking the two parts of the A1(M) to motorway standard.

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

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

It forms part of the Department for Transport's Road Investment Strategy.

It is one of six studies taking place that will look at the the biggest challenges facing the strategic road network in England.

“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.”

– Andrew Jones, Road Minister

“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.”

– Nigel Edwards, Divisional Director of Strategic Planning at Highways England