A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme

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Where are we now?

The scheme is progressing well and is set to open to drivers this Spring, more than half a year early, allowing drivers to benefit from quicker and safer journeys sooner.

The Spring opening date marks the end of permanent roadworks and reduced speed limits on the new A14 and A1307, but there are still a number of completion activities to carry out, such as landscaping, installing new technology and other off-road tasks. To carry out this work safely, some temporary overnight closures or off-peak daytime lane closures will be needed.

The 12-mile Huntingdon southern bypass opened to traffic in December 2019, one year ahead of schedule, and has now been part of over 5 million journeys. This was a key milestone for the project and included the closure of the old A14 (now the A1307) between Godmanchester and Spittals in both directions to allow work to remove the Huntingdon viaduct to begin (see below). This section will remain closed until all work in Huntingdon is complete and the new roads are tied in to the existing road network.

If you’ve not already used the new bypass, you can find out more about how it works here and you can view a map of the new bypass here.

What’s next?

Construction on the project continues at pace to meet this ambitious deadline. This includes:

  • finishing the A1307 between Bar Hill and Swavesey and at its junction with Huntingdon road in Cambridge
  • completing the Swavesey, Histon, Girton and Milton junctions
  • and completing the main A14 carriageway between Swavesey and Milton

Information about progress and upcoming closures will be shared in advance via our usual communications channels.

Following the opening of the new bypass, work began to remove the old A14 railway viaduct in Huntingdon, and new link roads are being built into the town. Read more about the work in Huntingdon here.

The old A14, now known as the A1307 east of Huntingdon and along the Alconbury spur, and A141 west of Huntingdon, will be handed over to Cambridgeshire County Council once the project is completed. It will be used as a local access road running parallel to the A14 and serving the surrounding communities.

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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