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Contractor appointed to build expanded section of A14

Balfour Beatty Carillion are to widen the A14 between Milton and Swavesey in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Balfour Beatty Carillion has been awarded what could be a £300 million contract to widen a section of the A14 in Cambridgeshire.

The company will start with pre-construction work between Swavesey and Milton worth nearly half a million pounds.

It's part of the government's £1.5 billion "Road Investment Strategy" to upgrade the A14, which is a notorious bottleneck on the road from the Suffolk coast to the Midlands.

This is the third contract to be awarded on the road project. In June Highways England appointed two joint venture contractors – one to design the improvement; the second to construct two sections of the scheme.

Calls for 50mph speed limit on A14

The charity Brake backs calls for speed limit on A14 Credit: ITV Anglia

Campaigners are calling for the speed limit on the A14 to be lowered to 50 miles an hour.

It comes a week after there was widespread disruption on the road following a collision involving two lorries and a car.

The current speed limit is 70 miles and hour.

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Major announcement on future development of A14

A14 in Cambridgeshire Credit: ITV News Anglia

A major government announcement is expected in the next hour on a multi million pound scheme to upgrade parts of the A14. The road runs from the Port of Felixstowe to the M1 in the Midlands and is used by thousands of drivers every day.

Ministers hope the new investment will improve journey times and reduce delays.

Fresh closures on the A14

Another series of overnight closures begins on the A14 tonight.

From 8pm this evening, to 6am tomorrow the road will be completely closed westbound between junctions 32 and 36. It will also be fully shut eastbound between junctions 31 and 32. Diversions will be in place.

Work is already ongoing on the A14 for the Girton to Histon Pinchpoint programme. A national programme, it involves making improvements to busy points all around the country's road network. The aim is to stimulate growth in the local economy, relieve congestion and improve road safety.

A14 roadworks for the Pinchpoint programme Credit: ITV News Anglia

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10 miles of delays on A14 towards Cambridge from J30

There 10 miles of queues on the A14 in Cambridgeshire after an accident at 5.50am this morning, between a lorry and two cars. One car has crashed into the central reservation.

The accident happened at J30 Oakington and Dry Drayton. Traffic is now backed up to J24 at Godmanchester the A1198 and B1044.

Lanes 2 and 3 are closed while emergency services deal with the accident.

There are also reports of westbound traffic slowing down to look at the accident, causing some delays there too.

Long delays on A14 towards Cambridge after accident

There are around 8 miles of queues on the A14 eastbound heading towards Cambridge this morning after an accident just before 6.00am.

It happened near Junction 30 at Oakington and Dry Drayton and there are currently delays back to Junction 25 Hemingford Abbotts. Lanes 2 and 3 are closed.

Cambridgeshire police say that westbound is also slow because people are slowing down to look at the accident.

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