A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme

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Where are we now?

We are making good progress on the new bridge and side roads between the East Coast main line and Swavesey. All bridges except one (New Barnes Lane) will be open by the end of the year. This will allow us to continue building the new A14 bypass where it passes underneath the bridges.

In June we switched the northbound and southbound A1 traffic south of Brampton Hut onto the new A1 carriageway. We are now working on the old A1 carriageway which will become part of the new A14.

We have also switched the eastbound A428 to travel under the new structure at Girton. This new bridge will be part of the new Girton interchange and will allow drivers travelling west from the Cambridge Northern bypass to join the A14 much more easily.

Over the next few weeks, we will finish installing the beams on the River Great Ouse Viaduct. The heaviest of the beams weighs 150 tonnes, approximately the same weight as a blue whale.

What’s next?

We have a busy autumn ahead of us.

In September we’ll be creating a temporary diversion of the A14 to the west of Brampton Hut roundabout, for both east and westbound traffic. This will allow us to continue construction on the new Ellington junction.

We’ll also be installing the new bridge deck at Bar Hill. More information will be available here shortly.

In October, we’ll be moving traffic onto the new temporary bridge at Swavesey, so that we can demolish the existing bridge. This will also require a full closure of the A14.

About 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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