New A14 Huntingdon bypass to open a year early

A huge bottleneck on a major road in Cambridgeshire is set to be eased with the early opening of part of the A14 improvement.

There have been long delays and roadworks for many years now, on what is one of the main east-west links road in the Anglia region between Cambridge and Brampton near Huntingdon.

The new 12-mile dual carriageway bypassing Huntingdon will open to traffic this December, a full year ahead of schedule.

The bypass is part of a £1.5 billion project to upgrade 21 miles of the A14 in the county which is currently the biggest road revamp project under construction in the UK.

The A14 Huntingdon bypass is part of improvement work to a 21 mile stretch of the A14 in Cambridgeshire which is due to be complete by the end of 2020. Credit: Highways England

Highways England says when the entire scheme is finished at the end of 2020 it will save drivers up to 20 minutes on journeys.

It says it will help people living and working in the East of England and the whole UK by improving access to and from the country’s biggest container port at Felixstowe in Suffolk.

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The Huntingdon bypass had been due to open alongside the rest of the improved A14 by the end of 2020.

The A14 is the main route between the port of Felixstowe to the Midlands and there has long been a bottleneck in Cambridgeshire. Credit: ITV News Anglia