Full steam ahead for A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - 12:30

Full steam ahead for A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme – community projects funded, visitor centre goes live, and preparation work started to build the road.

The £1.5bn project includes a major new bypass to the south of Huntingdon and upgrades to 21 miles of the A14, adding additional capacity, boosting the local and national economy and cutting up to 20 minutes off journeys.

Over the last few months, the A14 team have been busy doing the preparation work to allow the scheme to be built. This includes site clearance, installing narrow lanes to minimise disruption to traffic, archaeological excavations, and building haulage roads to keep construction traffic off the local network as much as possible.

Construction is now underway and traffic management is being implemented. 

We aim to maintain the current number of traffic lanes during the day by narrowing the existing lanes to gain the space needed.

When work does require lane or full closures, these will take place at night. Diversions have been agreed with Cambridgeshire County Council and will be clearly signposted.

Traffic management includes:

  • Installing narrow lanes on the eastbound A428 between Madingley and Girton and in both directions of the A14 between Dry Drayton and Swavesey; this allows us to construct these sections of the scheme while maintaining the existing number of lanes
  • traffic lights on side roads during off-peak hours (9.30am to 3.30pm)
  • Overnight closures on the A1, A428 and A14 to allow site clearance to continue

For up-to-date traffic information, please visit www.highways.gov.uk/A14C2H

We’re out and about visiting you where you live - putting the customer at the heart of our work

The customer is at the heart of what we do and we want to make sure that as many of you as possible have access to the information you need.  We want to help you plan your journeys, tell you about scheme progress, share possible job opportunities and share information on other topics of interest too.

As the scheme covers a long and congested section of the A14 we have invested in a mobile visitor centre, which will allow us to come out to you!

We aim to visit as many towns, villages, business premises, local events, libraries, community and support groups as possible over the next few years.

If you’d like to talk to someone about booking the visitor centre please call 0800 270 0114 or email A14CambridgeHuntingdon@highwaysengland.co.uk

Four projects funded by the A14 Community Fund

This fund supports projects with up to £10,000 of funding for activities which respond to the changes the scheme will bring to the local area.

The fund launched in summer 2016 and has already generated a lot of interest through two successful funding rounds.

Four projects were approved in the first round and delivery plans are currently being finalised. These include:

  • a transport themed mural in a primary school hall
  • new gardening equipment and an information board for a community orchard
  • support for a community shop
  • support for people with mental health and disability to develop landscaping skills

For more information please go to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation website

You can now follow us on twitter @A14C2H

Facebook www.facebook.com/A14C2H

Latest Tweets