A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme

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Where are we now?

2019 is already proving to be a busy year, with important parts of the scheme reaching key milestones.

We’ve finished building the 750 metre River Great Ouse viaduct, an integral part of the new twelve-mile bypass and one of 34 new bridges and structures on the scheme. A key section of the five-mile local access road, which will eventually allow drivers to travel between Cambridge and Huntingdon without using the A14, has opened to westbound traffic between Girton and Dry Drayton.

A three and a half mile stretch of the A1 incorporated in the project is also now open, seeing the section of the road between Alconbury and Brampton grow from two to three lanes and speed limits restored to 70 miles an hour.

We’ve almost finished building the last bridge on the Huntingdon Southern bypass – the New Barns Lane bridge which will cross the new A14. We expect the bridge, which is the last of 11 structures in this section to be completed, to open this summer.
Once opened, the bridge will provide essential farm access and restore a local link between Conington and the westbound carriageway of Huntingdon Road.

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What’s next?

One of the most complex parts of the scheme, the new Bar Hill junction, will also move to the next stage of construction this summer, with work taking place to switch traffic onto one of the new bridges and remove the existing bridge. Once details are confirmed, we’ll share further information here and on our social media pages.

Work to build the two pedestrian and cycle bridges at Bar Hill and Swavesey (the Bar Hill bridge will also accommodate horse-riders) will also begin later this year.

The project is on target to finish by the end of next year (2020) and, once complete, it will help reduce journey times by up to 20 minutes.

Application to make the A14 a motorway

We’ve applied to the Planning Inspectorate for a change to the scheme’s Development Consent Order 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.

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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