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A14 upgrade: New access road completed

The latest section of the A14 upgrade to be opened. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Another section of the A14 upgrade between Cambridge and Huntingdon has been completed and is due to open to traffic tomorrow (19th March).

The new mile long link between Girton and Dry Drayton is part of a longer five mile section that will eventually run parallel to the A14 to Brampton.

The road will benefit people travelling west from Cambridge to get to the village of Dry Drayton and then join the A14.

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“It’s great to see that the first part of this new road is opening. I hope it will be of real benefit to residents of Dry Drayton and Girton and make their journeys easier. When fully complete we hope the access road and adjoining cycle path will also improve conditions for residents in the other villages alongside the A14 as it will mean they have an excellent new way to get to and from their homes. We hope it will also help reduce congestion through these villages too.”

– South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Deputy Leader and Lead Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning, Cllr Aidan Van de Weyer
The project will see 21 miles of the A14 upgraded when finished. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The Cambridge to Huntingdon improvements are costing £1.5 billion. The works started in November 2016 and are due to open in 2020.

"Our work on the new A14 is progressing well, and our amazing team has been working very hard, with up to 2,700 staff working across more than 20 miles every day. Building the new A14 is just one part of our project; building local access roads such as this one is equally important. This road will help connect communities between Huntingdon and Cambridge without them needing to use the new A14.”

– David Bray, Highways England Project Director

"We have been waiting so long for the A14 to be finished, we are not quite there just yet but this is a start and for the people who have been suffering from the disruption in Cambridge it is a positive that something is actually happening. I think for me the exciting thing is that we are at last seeing some tangible benefits, because it has been quite painful for people over the last year."

– Daniel Zeichner MP, Cambridge, Lab