Swedish construction company Skanska has received a contract worth $699.4m (£507m) from Highways England to improve the A428 road in Cambridgeshire, England.

The company will construct a new 16km dual carriageway between the A1 Black Cat Black Cat roundabout in Bedfordshire to the A428 Caxton Gibbet roundabout in Cambridgeshire.

It will also carry out number of junctions improvement to create better routes for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

This will include the construction of a new three-tier junction at the Black Cat roundabout, free flowing traffic junctions and a new carriageway at Cambridge Road, near St Neots.

Skanska will lead the project and will work in close collaboration with design partner Mott McDonald and Highways England.

It secured the contract through Highways England’s Regional Delivery Partnership framework, for which it is working as a delivery integration partner for the East of England and Midlands regions.

Highways England A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet Improvements interim project director Lee Galloway said: “The A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvements scheme will transform one of the busiest road links in the East of England, helping to save drivers who live, work and travel in and around Bedfordshire and Cambridge an hour-and-a-half on their journeys every week.

“We’re extremely excited to be working alongside Skanska as we move through the design stages of this project and onto starting main construction.”


Skanska wins $699m contract for A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet improvements scheme. Credit: Skanska.