A14 delays

Major disruption after a bio-fuel lorry overturned on the A14 between Brampton Hut and Thrapston in Cambridgehire.

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Overturned lorry causes a day of misery for drivers

Drivers heading through Cambridgeshire today were held up for hours after a crash caused long delays.

A trailer carrying a lorry overturned last night on the A14 near Bar Hill, just north of Cambridge.

The road was closed for several hours and the problems have continued into the afternoon.

The M11 near Cambridge was also closed for two hours to try to ease congestion on the A14. Tanya Mercer reports.

Roads: A14 CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Severe delays continue on the A14 in Cambridgeshire this lunchtime - but officials hope to have all lanes re-opened by 3pm.

Repairs to barriers and an over-turned lorry close to junction 29 at Bar Hill have led to major problems in both directions.

Delays have reduced to about 20 minutes, westbound, between junctions 29 and 31 (Girton / Cambridge) and 60 minutes, eastbound, between junctions 24 (Godmanchester) and 29.

One lane remains closed in both directions.

ROADS: A14, M11, A1, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Problems on the A14 this morning are continuing to have knock-on effects elsewhere in Cambridgeshire.

There are long delays of about two hours on the A14 in both directions due to an overturned lorry close to junction 29 at Bar Hill.

Queues are stretching back to junction 32 (Histon Interchange) on the westbound carriageway and to junction 23 (Spittals Interchange) eastbound.

Long delays on the A1 in both directions around the B661 at Buckden are adding to the problems on the A14.

And all lanes have now re-opened on the M11, having been closed earlier to stop traffic joining the A14, but there is still slow traffic, northbound, between junction 11 at Harston and junction 13 at Madingley.

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Criticism from two fronts for A14 upgrade plans

Plans to upgrade the A14 have come under fire yet again today from both MPs and a transport campaign group.

The Campaign for Better Transport says widening the roads around Brampton, near Huntingdon, and Bar Hill, near Cambridge, will cause an unacceptable increase in air pollution.

At the same time, a group of the region's MPs told a Commons debate that making part of the route a toll road would damage businesses in the region.

Elodie Harper has the story.

Government denies A14 changes will harm air quality

The government has talked down claims its plan for the A14 would lead to breaches of air pollution limits.

The Campaign for Better Transport said the proposals, which include creating a toll road between Huntingdon and Cambridge, would "seriously worsen" air quality for people living nearby.

But a Department for Transport spokesman said: "The proposed changes to the A14 will move long-distance traffic away from Huntingdon and help to improve air quality there, not make it worse.

"The government understands the impact a national road project like the A14 can have on air quality, and that is why a full environmental assessment will be completed before any work happens."

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