Following the Secretary of State’s confirmation to give the go ahead for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement schemes earlier in the year, further information has now been made available for both the timescale of the work and public exhibitions.
As any regular commuter will be aware, the A14 is regularly subject to substantial delays. This is principally due to significantly greater traffic numbers than it was originally designed for. The project, which will take four years to complete, involves upgrading twenty one miles of the A14 cutting approximately twenty minutes off journey times and adding additional capacity.
The scheme encompasses a major new bypass to run south of Huntingdon, widening much of the existing A14 between Swavesey and Girton and widening part of the A14 Cambridge northern bypass. The scheme will also include widening sections of the A1 between Brampton and Alconbury, and the removal of the A14 viaduct which currently runs through Huntingdon.
The new bypass and widened A14 will open for traffic in 2020 although some additional works such as removal of the A14 flyover in Huntingdon will continue thereafter.
Barker Storey Matthews’ Director, Richard Adam, based at the Huntingdon office comments “After many years of waiting it will give the area a real boost to see construction works physically starting on site. The works planned will only improve accessibility both regionally and locally which is of particular interest to companies seeking to relocate to this area”.