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Where are we now?

Opening of the Huntingdon southern bypass

The new 12-mile bypass, which runs between Swavesey and Ellington, opened to traffic on Monday 9 December. This is a vital part of the upgrade and was a key milestone for the project.

We’ve also now closed the existing A14 between Godmanchester (junction 24) and Spittals (junction 23) in both directions to allow work to remove the Huntingdon viaduct to begin. This section will remain closed until all work in Huntingdon is complete and the new roads are tied in to the existing road network. Read more about the work in Huntingdon here.

Read more about how the new bypass works here. You can view a map of the new bypass here and below.

Like any new road, it may take some time to get used to driving on it. Below is some essential information to help you drive safely and enjoy your new journey:

  • This map shows how you can join and leave the new bypass, and which junctions have been renumbered.
  • At junctions, it is not always possible to join or leave the new road in all directions. This is to help discourage long distance traffic from using smaller, unsuitable roads through local communities. More details are on the map.
  • All A14 junctions east of and including Girton, as well as the A1 junctions, maintain their existing junction numbers.
  • Drivers travelling eastbound on the new bypass will still have to join a section of 40mph narrow lanes roadworks from the Swavesey junction. Please look out for the signs as you approach.
  • Variable speed limits will help to reduce congestion and ensure safety. You can read more about variable speed limits, and other features of the new road, here.
  • Slow moving vehicles will be prohibited from using the new bypass and will be directed to use alternative local access roads.
  • As with any major road, please remember:
    • keep left unless overtaking
    • don’t drive under a Red X
    • stick within the speed limit
    • know what to do if you breakdown.

Our latest newsletter, which focuses on the opening of the new bypass, is out now. You can view it here.

What’s next?

The 12-mile Huntingdon southern bypass opened to traffic in December 2019 and has now been part of over 5 million journeys. With the upgraded section of the A1 between Alconbury and Buckden having opened earlier in 2019, this means that the western section of the transformed A14 is now complete.

Work across the rest of the scheme is progressing well and the project team are on schedule to complete the remaining work by the end of 2020 as planned, with the work in Huntingdon town centre continuing beyond that.

Remaining work includes:

  • Completion of the brand new junction at Bar Hill, with westbound on and off slip roads to open before Spring
  • Closing the westbound exit slip road at Dry Drayton permanently, which will happen before Spring
  • Completion of the new Swavesey junction
  • Completing the A1307 between Swavesey and Bar Hill and opening it to two way traffic at Girton, which will also happen by Spring
  • Completion of the upgrade to the existing A14 between Swavesey and Milton
  • Completion of the walker, cyclist and horse-rider bridge at Bar Hill and accesses for both this and the Swavesey walker and cyclist bridge
  • Installation of new gantries and signs
  • Landscaping and planting.

We’ve closed the existing A14 between Godmanchester (junction 24) and Spittals (junction 23) in both directions to allow work to remove the Huntingdon viaduct to begin. Work in Huntingdon is expected to complete in 2022. Read more about our work in Huntingdon here.

Application to become a motorway

In 2019, we applied to the Planning Inspectorate for a change to our Development Consent Order so that we could re-designate part of the upgraded A14 and A1 as motorways. To enable us to open the Huntingdon southern bypass section of our scheme earlier than originally planned, and ensure people can benefit from the scheme as soon as possible, we have now withdrawn our application. This means that the new road will open as an A-road.

The main change will be that the road signs will be green instead of blue. The new road will still offer the same benefits as the design remains the same, and we are also applying for permanent measures to prohibit slow moving vehicles and use variable mandatory speed limits, which will help make journeys safer and smoother.

 

The Development Consent Order

Timeline

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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