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First time a major road improvement scheme has been built in Minecraft

Using more than two billion blocks, Highways England’s plans for the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet scheme have been created in a Minecraft world.

It’s the first time a major road improvement scheme has been built in Minecraft. Pupils at Castle Newnham Primary School were among the first to explore the scheme in game as Highways England put on a morning of taster sessions.

Highways England A428 programme lead, Lee Galloway, said:

“This is the first time a major road improvement scheme has been created using blocks in Minecraft, and we’re excited that local Minecraft experts have had a chance to thoroughly explore plans in the game, visiting sites such as the three-tier Black Cat junction and the new 10-mile duel carriageway.

“By using Minecraft in this public consultation, we hope to engage a new younger audience to see the roads that will shape their region for years to come, and hopefully inspire the next generation of engineers to build them.”

The Minecraft world is taking place alongside a public consultation on updated plans for the A428 scheme between Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Drivers could save up to an hour and a half on their journeys every week using the new 10-mile dual carriageway linking the Black Cat roundabout in Bedfordshire to the Caxton Gibbet roundabout in Cambridgeshire.

Both roundabouts would also be upgraded into modern, free-flowing junctions. There would also be a new junction at Cambridge Road near St Neots.

The project would replace the only remaining section of single carriageway between Milton Keynes and Cambridge, tackling one of the region’s most notorious congestion hotspots.

Highways England’s is encouraging as many people as possible to share their views on the updated plans for the A428 scheme as a part of their ongoing eight-week public consultation. People can respond to the consultation at the A428 consultation page.

The consultation closes at 11.59pm on Sunday 28 July 2019.