A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme

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Where are we now?

We are now over two years into the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme and the project passed its half-way point in November on target to complete by the end of 2020.

During the summer of 2018 up to 2,700 team members have been working to transform this critical section of the A14 into a high-standard route.

Almost 9 million hours have been worked, and 8 million cubic metres of earthworks have been moved, with 2 million more to move before completion.

The opening of Offord Road Bridge and the new bridge at Swavesey in late 2018, brought the number of new bridges carrying traffic to nine. Before Christmas we completed the complex 750 metre River Great Ouse Viaduct, which is now ready for surfacing.

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What’s next?

Over the coming months, we’ll continue to lay the new road surface. This is made up of five separate layers, to a total depth of well over a metre.

We’ll shortly be connecting the two structures that cross the River Great Ouse and the East Coast mainline. Once this is done, our construction team will have full access between Brampton and Swavesey, enabling travel through site so that we can complete work even more efficiently.

Spring 2019 will see us hit some significant milestones. We expect to open the new section of the A1, as well as the new local access road between Cambridge and Dry Drayton.

We also expect to open the next stage of one of the most complex parts of the scheme – the new Bar Hill junction. Once we put traffic onto the new roundabout above the A14, we’ll be demolishing the existing bridge. This work will require some full closures of the A14 – we’ll share more information here and on our social media pages once the programme is confirmed.

Application to make the A14 a motorway

In 2016 the Secretary of State for Transport granted a development consent order (DCO) for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme. In 2018 the Roads Minister asked Highways England to reclassify the new A14 between Girton and the new Ellington junction, and the A1 between Alconbury and Brampton, as a motorway.

We have applied to the Planning Inspectorate for a change to the scheme’s DCO to allow the roads to become motorways. We anticipate a decision from the Secretary of State for Transport later this year.

You can read our full application on the Planning Inspectorate’s website. If you wish to make a representation, in support or otherwise, you can write to the Planning Inspectorate by 11.59pm on 28 February 2019 at A14CambridgetoHuntingdon@pins.gsi.gov.uk, quoting reference TR010018.

The Planning Inspectorate will then assess our application and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport. We anticipate a decision later this year.

For more information please see our information leaflet or frequently asked questions.

The Development Consent Order


Date Event
2010 Government cancels Ellington Fen Ditton scheme
2011/12 Detailed study of options for A14
July 2012 Government announces A14 improvement will include a toll
June 2013 Government announces fast track delivery programme
September 2013 Scheme Options consultation
December 2013 Government removes tolling from the proposal
7 April to 15 June 2014 Pre-Application consultation
December 2014 Development Consent Order application
13 May to 13 November 2016 Development Consent Order examination
11 May 2016 Secretary of State decision
March 2017 Start of works
2020 A14 open to traffic

Development Consent Order – requirements register

We made a commitment to publish and update a register listing the requirements to be completed as part of the Development Consent Order (specified under the Register of Requirements in Schedule 2). This sets out:

  • each requirement
  • whether the requirement needs approval by the Secretary of State (or other duty holder)
  • whether any approval has been applied for or given

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