The A428 between St Neots and Cambridge is – more often than not – a nightmare for commuters everywhere.
Whether you spend half your life stuck in traffic, or constantly fancy a McDonald's after passing the Caxton roundabout every morning/evening, you're not alone.
You may be questioning why on earth the A428 between the Black Cat roundabout and Caxton isn't a dual carriageway.
You probably spend most of your time getting angry in your car – or hoping your boss is somewhat forgiving – after you get caught in yet another massive queue of traffic.
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You may be thinking that Eltisley Manor looks really lovely, or genuinely considering a trip to the Paradise Gardens restaurant.
If that's the case – you may also find many points on our list below frustratingly familiar.
1. Getting stuck behind lorries/buses/tractors
You know the feeling. You wake up, you leave St Neots with more than enough time to get to work or wherever you're going.
But oh, wait. You get stuck behind a vehicle that seems intent on doing 30mph until you reach Caxton and can overtake it. You're then late, and tired.
If you're stuck behind the wheel of your car wondering why there aren't two lanes on the nightmare stretch between St Neots and Caxton, then there may be some good news.
Highways England has published three possible routes for dualling the road between the Black Cat roundabout and Caxton Gibbet – with both a public consultation and further development work to take place this year.
The roads agency says: “The A428 between the A1 junction near St Neots and the A1198 Caxton Gibbet is single carriageway with a series of roundabouts and give-way junctions.
"It experiences major delays during peak periods, resulting in delays and reduced speeds. With few available diversions, incidents and accidents result in disruption over a wide area."
Highways England is expected to submit an application for a Development Consent Order – with a decision expected for the Secretary of State for Transport in 2020.
The QUEUES. They're a nightmare. My advice? Take a drink in your car with you – preferably a hot one.
Such is the reality with Cambridge, that barely anyone can afford to live there. if you can, lucky you. If you can't, then you have to move more than 20 miles away to somewhere more affordable.
We know the morning rush hour queues into Cambridge from pretty much anywhere are dreadful – but St Neots is particularly troublesome.
From 7am, there is constant stop start traffic from the St Neots roundabout to Caxton. Give us strength.
Once you pass Caxton, you might then think that the traffic is all over.
But you're wrong. There's the A14/A428 roadworks near Madingley reducing the motorway to one lane, with speed limits of 50mph and 40mph.
And what's worse – the roadworks are going on for another two years.
One lane of the A14 has been closed since early last year (2017) for a bridge-building project and involves the introduction of narrow lanes and a 40mph speed limit.
A Highways England spokesman said: “Work has to build a bridge over the A428 at the junction with the A14.
“Once completed the bridge will enable A14 westbound to northbound through traffic to travel unhindered around the Girton interchange for the first time.”
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Passing McDonald's every day is both a curse and a blessing. For me, seeing that little yellow 'M' in the distance is a good sign because it means I've finally reached Caxton.
But the desire to stop for a double sausage and egg McMuffin on the way to work – or a Big Mac on the way home – is very tempting indeed.
There's even easy-order machines. Perfect.
5. Eltisley Manor
The woods near Eltisley make for a particularly pretty drive on a sunny day. But have you ever spotted that huge manor house?
Eltisley Manor is, in fact, a nursing home – but driving past there I can't help but wonder what the history of the house is.
It's very pretty indeed!
6. Frustrating drivers
You know the ones.
The drivers who, despite you doing 60mph on the single carriageway of the A428, decide to overtake you anyway – despite it being really dangerous.
Or the ones who do 30mph the whole way, because they're overly cautious.
There's ALSO the drivers who, if you're travelling from Cambridge to St Neots, overtake you on THAT part of the Caxton roundabout.
You'll have spent 10 minutes queuing in the left hand lane to carry on your journey on the A428, when someone cuts you up from the right hand lane (where traffic goes on the A1198 to Huntingdon) because traffic is moving quicker.
The lanes are there for a reason!
I'm also not forgetting the drivers who squeeze their way in to overtake you on those A14 roadworks at Madingley, when the road is reduced to one lane.
Not only do they overtake you, but they never get very far for their efforts – and do it right at the end.
7. Wildlife, everywhere
For the wildlife lovers among you, the best part about the daily commute on the A428 is the wildlife you might spot while you've ground to a halt in the traffic hell.
In the winter, there are deer and rabbits in the woods near Eltisley – and in the summer, hunting birds galore.
There's also a farm just past St Neots where you can sometimes spot llamas and emus.
8. Paradise Gardens
For the more recent A428 commuters among you, there's a restaurant in Croxton which always catches my eye.
It's called Paradise Gardens – and when you drive past, the location looks well, fairly isolated.
Despite that though, it often looks busy.
Paradise Gardens opened in October 2017 – is an Indian restaurant, and Trip Advisor reviews rank it quite highly.