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New A14 Huntingdon bypass to open a year early

The new 12-mile Huntingdon bypass will open in December and should cut traffic congestion on the A14. Credit: ITV News Anglia

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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“This Government is committed to delivering an infrastructure revolution and it’s fantastic that a key section of this vital route will be delivered a year ahead of schedule, helping people travelling in the East of England get to their destination quickly and safely.

“The A14 upgrade will not only improve the experience for local drivers but will also boost access between the region’s ports and the West Midlands – a key logistics hub."

– Baroness Vere, Roads Minister

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