A14: Cambridge to Huntingdon
The scheme will upgrade 21 miles of the road to three lanes in each direction between Cambridge and Huntingdon adding additional capacity, boosting the local and national economy and cutting up to 20 minutes off journeys.
The new bypass and widened A14 will open to traffic by the end of 2020, although some finishing work such as the removal of the A14 viaduct in Huntingdon will continue beyond that.
The A14 trunk road provides a strategic east-west route which links the Midlands with East Anglia. It begins near Rugby, where it connects with the M1 and M6 motorways, and continues east for approximately 130 miles to the port town of Felixstowe.
It’s part of the Trans-European Network. Which means it is extremely busy. Every day, around 85,000 vehicles a day use this section of road. A quarter of that traffic is heavy goods vehicles. Congestion and delays happen on a daily basis, and each week there are around a dozen lane or carriageway closures as a result of incidents and accidents.
In 2012 the Department for Transport concluded that the scheme should satisfy a number of objectives;
Combat congestion: Making the route between Huntingdon and Cambridge more reliable and providing capacity for future traffic growth.
Unlock economic growth: Enabling major residential and commercial developments to proceed. This will lead to increased economic growth, regionally and nationally.
Connect people: By placing the right traffic on the right roads and freeing up local capacity for all types of road user, including pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians.
Improve safety: Designing the proposed scheme to modern highway standards, introducing better lane control, and providing adequate capacity for predicted traffic levels.
Create a positive legacy: Recognising the wider benefits of the road improvement scheme for local communities and businesses.