A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon

An upgrade to the A14 between Ellington, west of Huntingdon, to the Milton junction on the Cambridge Northern Bypass. Includes widening the A1 between Brampton and Alconbury.

Region:  East
Start date:  2016/17
Cost:  £1.2 to £1.8 billion
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  2020/21
Programme:  

Progress Report

At the end of March the A1 southbound was closed between Alconbury and Brampton Hut for a weekend to join the newly constructed road with the existing road.

Work on the A1 central reserve and adjacent carriageway began.

A temporary bridge was installed across the A14 east of Dry Drayton. The bridge is being used to transport material to the south side of the A14 to help build the new local road. By sourcing the material close to the site we are able to progress quicker, reduce the number of lorries using the roads and reduce the environmental impact.

Over the Easter holidays, we had a seven-day closure of the bridge over the A14 at Bar Hill. This allowed us to finish the construction of temporary slip roads for traffic, so that we can start building the new Bar Hill junction bridge.

We started installing narrow lanes and barriers along the A14 between Histon and Milton and are working closely with residents to share information in a way that suits their needs.

What’s next?

We're working on installing beams on the new viaduct over the River Great Ouse east of Buckden. 800 concrete slabs for the viaduct are being made on site instead of being shipped in, which has helped to reduce traffic on the roads and the environmental impact.

We continue to work south of Brampton Hut. The traffic will be moved from the old A1 to the new road section. Work will than begin on the old A1 which will become the new A14.

Bridges at St Ives Road and Silver Street, south of Godmanchester will open soon. Work will than progress underneath the bridges.

A number of bridge completions are on the horizon between the summer and early autumn including the bridge at Conington Road, Offord Road, Hilton Road, and Mere Way.

This June we're holding a series of events to talk about the work we are doing in Huntingdon. More details in the news section below.

Stay up-to-date by checking our roadworks feed.

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

Community news

Events in Huntingdon

Once the new A14 bypass is complete, the existing A14 through Huntingdon will become a local road and handed over to Cambridgeshire County Council.

While the main work in Huntingdon is expected to start in 2019, preparation work, such as archaeology and utility diversions, will start ahead of that.

Work will include:

  • A new road in Mill Common, linking the A14 to Walden Road
  • Removal of the A14 viaduct and work around the train station
  • A new road in Views Common, linking Hinchingbrooke Park Road to the A14

Mobile visitor centre

We think it’s important that as many of you as possible have access to the information you need about the scheme. As the scheme covers a long and congested section of the A14 we have invested in a mobile visitor centre so that we can come to you.

  • the visitor centre is a 3.5 tonne vehicle (so village weight restrictions should not stop us getting there)
  • it has both ramp and step access
  • it would need a space of 8m x 4m to be set up
  • an electricity supply would be an advantage, but is not essential as we come fully self-contained with a generator
  • it’s FREE

We want to visit as many towns, villages, business premises, local events, libraries, community and support groups as possible over the next few years. If you’d like to talk to someone about booking the visitor centre please call 0800 270 0114 or email A14CambridgeHuntingdon@highwaysengland.co.uk

Details of our current events are in the programme below.

Events marked with an asterisk* in the events programme below are focussed solely on Huntingdon. Copies of our events materials will be available from 12 June. Further events will take place once our programme of work is finalised.

Events programme for 2018

Date Time Venue
9 June 11am to 4pm Huntingdon Riverside Gala, Riverside Park (Archaeology event)
12 June 11.30am to 2.30pm Festival of Learning, Alconbury Weald (PE28 4XA)
12 June 2pm to 8pm Huntingdonshire District Council Offices (PE29 3TN)*
14 June 2pm to 8pm Huntingdon Station Forecourt (PE29 3BP)*
16 June 10am to 4pm Huntingdon Town Hall (PE29 3AE)*
19 June 2pm to 8pm Huntingdon Station Forecourt (PE29 3BP)*
21 June 2pm to 8pm Godmanchester College of Animal Welfare (PE29 2BQ)*
21 June 2pm to 8pm Rosewood Pavillion (CB7 5QH)
23 June 10am to 4pm Brampton Memorial Hall (PE28 4TB)*
23 June 12pm to 4pm Brampton Fete
7 July 9.30am to 5.30pm Swavesey Festival
14-15 July All day Bedford River Festival
15 September 2pm to 4pm Little Paxton Village Groups meeting
23 September TBC Milton Country Park, Autumn Festival

Member briefings

These regular briefings are an opportunity to ensure elected council members are kept informed and offer an open dialogue between Highways England local councillors.

Why we need this scheme

The existing A14 trunk road between Cambridge and Huntingdon is well known for congestion and delays:
  • almost 85,000 vehicles use this stretch of the A14 every day; a lot more than we originally designed for
  • around quarter of this is heavy goods vehicles – well above national average for this type of road

Case for the scheme - executive summary

The economic case for the scheme – infographic

Aims

The proposals for the A14 will:
  • relieve traffic congestion
  • unlock local economic growth
  • enhance national economic growth
  • connect communities
  • improve the environment
  • improve safety and reduce driver stress
  • improve the environment in Huntingdon
  • create a positive legacy for the region

The scheme in detail

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The government has made a provision for £1.5 billion of capital investment for this scheme. The proposals will be funded through a combination of contributions from Central Government, local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships.

Once work is complete the existing A14 will be ‘de-trunked’ between Huntingdon and Swavesey and between Alconbury and Spittals interchange. This means the road will gain county road status and Highways England will pass responsibility for the road to the local authority.

A1 widening between Brampton and Alconbury

We’ll widen the A1 between Brampton and Alconbury over approx 3½ miles, from 2 lane dual carriageway to 3 lane dual carriageway. Between Brampton and Brampton Hut we will construct a new road to the west of the existing A1. The existing A1 road becomes part of the new A14 Huntingdon Southern Bypass.

A New Huntingdon Southern Bypass

A new Huntingdon Southern Bypass, approx 12½ miles in length, will provide a 2 lane dual carriageway between Ellington and the A1 at Brampton and a 3 lane dual carriageway between Brampton and Swavesey.

This removes a large proportion of traffic from the existing A14 between Huntingdon and Swavesey as well as Brampton Hut and Spittals interchange. The new bypass will include a raised viaduct section of road running across the river Great Ouse and a bridge over the East Coast Mainline railway.

It will include junctions with the A1 at Brampton and with the A1198 at Godmanchester.

Huntingdon Town Centre improvements

We’ll demolish the A14 rail viaduct over the East Coast Mainline railway and Brampton Road in Huntingdon. A through route will be maintained broadly along the line of the existing A14 through Huntingdon, making use of the Brampton Road bridge to cross the railway line and by constructing a new link road from Brampton Road to connect with the A14 to the west.

A14 widening

We’ll widen the existing A14 over approximately 5½ miles to provide three lanes in each direction between Swavesey and Bar Hill and to four lanes in each direction between Bar Hill and Girton. Widening of a 1½ mile section of the Cambridge Northern Bypass between Histon and Milton.

A14 junction improvements

We’ll improve the capacity of existing junctions at Swavesey, Bar Hill and Girton and make sure they are compatible with adjacent proposed developments such as Northstowe. We’ll improve access and connections for cyclists, horseriders and pedestrians.

We’ll construct a new local access road, approximately 5 miles in length. This will be dual carriageway between Fen Drayton and Swavesey and single carriageway between Swavesey and Girton. This provides a route for local traffic between Cambridge and Huntingdon and access to properties and businesses along the corridor.

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

Environmental Impact

Archaeology

Archaeological investigation is an important part of many major infrastructure projects and, with 250 archaeologists currently working on site, the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme is one of the biggest and most complex archaeological projects ever undertaken in the UK.

The scheme has been uncovering buried remains of an entire landscape across 350 hectares of Cambridgeshire, spanning thousands of years of history.

Read our archaeology newsletter.

Find out more about this work, and the archaeology events we have coming up.

Looking after the environment is an important part of our work and we will be running a number of forums to help us maintain close working relationships with environmental organisations. Updates on environmental work will also be shared at our other forums.

We’ve already surveyed the environment around the proposed route so we can assess how the scheme might affect wildlife and make sure the scheme complies with legislation protecting wildlife.

These surveys influence the scheme design – for example, where we place underpasses so mammals can pass safely under the new road.

Protected species

Protected species included along the proposed route are:
  • Cetti’s warblers and Grasshopper warblers
  • Great Crested newts
  • bats
  • breeding birds such as swifts and sparrows
  • badgers

In addition to new landscaping, plants and trees, 18 areas will be created specifically for this wildlife.

Find out more about how we will be protecting wildlife and the environment in this news release.

Cyclists, horseriders and pedestrians

We listened carefully to the views of those impacted by the scheme during consultation and, as a result, the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme includes a variety of provisions for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians.

These include:

  • 32 new crossings
  • over 18 miles of new cycle and walking routes, including a 7.5 mile provision for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians from Fenstanton to the north of Cambridge
  • two dedicated non-motorised user bridges – one at Swavesey for pedestrians and cyclists and the other at Bar Hill, suitable for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians
  • ten new controlled crossings
  • and 6 reinstated public right of way links

One of the scheme objectives is to leave a positive legacy in the local area, and we are currently working closely with local councils to investigate additional projects that we may be able to support.

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Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The M11 northbound exit slip at junction J14 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 May 2018 to 06:00 on 25 May 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 3 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 4 June 2018 to 9 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 southbound exit slip to the A14 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 3 June 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 8 June 2018 to 06:00 on 11 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A14 eastbound at junction J31 M11 Junction. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 3 June 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 8 June 2018 to 06:00 on 11 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The junction of the A14 J31 and the M11 M11 Junction. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:02 on 18 May 2018 to 06:00 on 11 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A428 eastbound between the junctions with the A1303 and the M11 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 southbound entry slip from the A14 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 3 June 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 8 June 2018 to 06:00 on 11 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 southbound. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 3 June 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 8 June 2018 to 06:00 on 11 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the A14M and the junction with the A428 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 3 June 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 8 June 2018 to 06:00 on 11 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A14 westbound at junction J31 M11 Junction. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 24 May 2018 to 06:00 on 25 May 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 3 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 4 June 2018 to 9 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J14 and A14 . Lane Closures : Lane three is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 20:00 on 22 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A14 eastbound between junctions J31 M11 Junction and J32 Histon. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The A14 eastbound between junctions J31 M11 Junction and J32 Histon. Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 09:50 on 5 December 2017 to 06:00 on 3 January 2020.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M11 northbound between junctions J12 and J14 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 16:00 from 29 May 2018 to 1 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The junction of the A14 J31 and the M11 M11 Junction. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 May 2018 to 3 June 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 4 June 2018 to 9 June 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M11 southbound between junctions J13 and J12 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 16:00 from 29 May 2018 to 1 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm

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