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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?

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.

 

Upcoming work at Bar Hill (junction 29, A14), June 2019

As part of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme, we’re building an improved junction at Bar Hill.

Over the weekend of Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June, we’ll be opening one of the new bridges we installed last autumn. This bridge will be used for access between Bar Hill and Longstanton, and the A14, instead of the existing bridge.

We’ll then need to remove the old bridge to allow us to continue building the improved junction.

*Please note that, for operational reasons, the closure times have changed since publication of the flyer referenced below. The closure is now booked for midnight Friday 21 to 5am Monday 24 June. We still hope to have the road open on Sunday night.

If you regularly use the existing bridge over the A14 you will need to follow diversions. For more information, read this flyer and frequently asked questions.

 

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.

For more information please see our information leaflet or frequently asked questions.

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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