Where are we now?
With the project now heading toward completion, 2019 is proving to be a busy year.
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. Some overnight closures and speed restrictions are still required to allow finishing work to take place.
Work on one of the most complex parts of the scheme, the new junction at Bar Hill, has moved to the next phase, with drivers now using part of the new interchange and the old bridge having been removed. You can watch a time-lapse video of this work below.
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Work on one of the two pedestrian and cycle bridges being built at Bar Hill and Swavesey (the Bar Hill bridge will also accommodate horse-riders), is progressing around Swavesey junction and work on the Bar Hill bridge will begin later this year.
Drivers on the A14 between Brampton Hut and Ellington are now using the new slip roads. This arrangement, which will stay in place until the new Huntingdon southern bypass opens, will allow the local access road (Woolley Road) to be completed and connected to the new Ellington junction.
Advanced work (such as archaeology and moving utilities) began in Huntingdon earlier this year. We’re holding events specifically about our work in Huntingdon later this summer. See our keep in touch page for more details.
Work on the new 12-mile bypass is progressing well and we expect to open this to traffic by the end of the year. Ahead of that, we’re planning to hold a community event to celebrate the opening. Watch this space!
Other key parts of the scheme are on schedule to open by the end of 2020.
Results from the 2018-19 communications survey
Thank you to everyone who took part in our recent annual communications survey. Nearly 800 people participated – four times the number that took part in our first survey.
Your feedback is invaluable. It helps us to understand what’s working, what isn’t and where we need to improve. We’ve implemented a number of changes as a result of your feedback over the years, including:
- We set up our own social media pages to share project updates, traffic management information and answer your questions about the scheme
- We designed a new website that has a dedicated roadworks page, with diversion route information
- We recruited a dedicated Customer Lead, to focus on ensuring our roadworks, diversions and signs are as customer-friendly as possible
In our recent survey, you said:
- 67% of you use the A14 to travel to and from work, or for business purposes.
- 30% use it for social visits.
- 27% of you use the A14 every weekday and 29% of you use it every single day.
- 96% of you said that information about road closures and diversions is the most useful, closely followed by general information about the scheme progress (73%).
- When it came to awareness, you said you were most aware of our road closure and diversion communications, followed by the Bar Hill bridge installation, Swavesey bridge demolition, archaeology and progress updates.
- 65% of you said the most important information to you was about road closures and diversions. 19% said progress updates. The rest was split evenly across a number of subjects including archaeology, bridges and engineering.
- 61% of you said you have all the information that you need, which is 19% higher than last year, but still shows room for improvement.
- The three most popular sources of information are Facebook, our scheme website and Twitter.
- When asked what more we could do to keep you informed, a number of themes emerged, including improved closure information, improved signage and more understanding of where to find information.
What we’re doing next:
- working to improve our website, and exploring more useful ways to share information about road closures and diversion routes.
- promoting the various ways to find information and get in touch with us, as widely as possible.
- investigating ways to improve our signage and closure information.
Although we complete this survey annually, we welcome feedback and ideas at any time of the year. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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.
The Development Consent Order
|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