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New A14 takes shape in Cambridgeshire countryside

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It may mean temporary speed limits and traffic jams now but the project to solve one of the region's worst road bottlenecks is progressing well.

The £1.5 billion scheme to improve the A14 between the south of Huntingdon and Cambridge will take four years to complete and aims to cut journey times by 20 minutes.

The project will upgrade 21 miles of the notoriously busy trunk road in one of Britain's biggest road schemes.

The A14 north of Cambridge is a notorious road bottleneck as the M11 from the south joins freight traffic from the East coast ports.

The £1.5b project to upgrade the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon is make good progress according to the developers.

Foundations and bridge columns for some of the project’s 34 new bridges have already been installed along the route.

The Highways England project involves:

  • Widening a total of seven miles of the A14 in each direction across two sections
  • A major new bypass south of Huntingdon
  • Widening a three-mile section of the A1
  • The demolition of a viaduct at Huntingdon which will support improvements in the town.
The A14 north of Cambridge is a notorious road bottleneck. Credit: ITV News Anglia

“We are continuing to make good progress throughout the scheme. We have had mild and dry weather this winter and spring and have been making the most of it to move the project forward quickly and safely.

“I am pleased that the outline for most of the new road’s path has now been created and it won’t be long before some of our first structures are completed.”

– Chris Griffin, A14 project manager at Highways England
The outline for the 12-mile long Huntingdon bypass has emerged through the Cambridgeshire landscape Credit: ITV News Anglia

Highways England says an important part of the project has been planning the environmental impact so that its completed footprint on the surrounding natural environment is as small as possible.

A team of ecologists is working with wildlife including water voles, great crested newts, kestrels, bats and barn owls, as well as some protected plant species, to create new habitats. More information will be made available as work progresses.

The team will replant twice as many trees as have been felled throughout the project by the time it is completed.