A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme

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Where are we now?

The A14 scheme opened for traffic eight months ahead of schedule on Tuesday 5 May 2020.

The new road was originally planned to open by December 2020, but our work to upgrade the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon has largely been completed, and so the last of the 24/7 roadworks and temporary speed limits were removed overnight on Monday 4 May 2020 – restoring the national 70mph speed limit to the new road.

It’s taken over 14,000 people, working a total of almost 14 million hours to build the new A14. Essential work on the upgrade continued throughout the Coronavirus outbreak, with new sections of road opened as quickly as possible to ensure vital goods were able to travel through. A number of measures were also put in place to ensure work was completed safely and in line with Public Health England’s advice.

The first section of the scheme, a 12-mile Huntingdon southern bypass, opened to traffic in December 2019, one year ahead of schedule. It has now been part of over 12 million journeys.

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?

We still have some work to carry out before the main scheme is complete. This includes:

  • work on the road verges
  • completing the cycle, horse riding and pedestrian paths
  • finishing the landscaping

To carry out this work safely, some temporary overnight closures or off-peak daytime lane closures will be needed on the A14 and as well as on the A1307. Information about upcoming closures will be shared in advance via our usual communications channels.

Our work to transform the old A14 for local journeys in and around Huntingdon, including taking down the 45-year-old, 16,400 tonne Huntingdon Railway Viaduct, is also progressing as planned and should be completed by 2022. In addition to the viaduct removal, more than half a mile of new link roads are being built into the town.

To allow us to do this work, the old A14 (now the A1307) was closed in both directions between Godmanchester and Spittals when the Huntingdon southern bypass opened in December 2019. 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.

The A1307, which comprises the old A14 between Huntingdon and Swavesey and the new section from Swavesey to Huntingdon Road in Cambridge, 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 withdrew our application in October 2019. This means that the new road has opened as an A-road.

The main change is that the road signs are green instead of blue. The new road still offers the same benefits as the design remains the same, and permanent measures to prohibit slow moving vehicles and use variable mandatory speed limits are in place along the road between Girton and Ellington, 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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