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Date revealed for early opening of new Huntingdon bypass

The new Huntingdon bypass. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A date has been set for the opening of a 12 mile bypass to the South of Huntingdon as work on the £1.5 billion A14 upgrade through Cambridgeshire continues.

The road will open to traffic on Monday 9th December say Highways England.

The new bypass will run between Ellington and Swavesey and is part of the project to upgrade 21 miles of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

It was announced last month that the bypass would open to traffic in December, a full year ahead of schedule but an exact date hadn't been set.

Now details of how the road layout will change and what drivers can expect on the new road have been revealed.

Opening of the Huntingdon Southern Bypass on December 9th. Credit: Highways England

“Opening the new bypass will start to unlock many of the project’s benefits and, together with the upgraded section of the A1 between Alconbury and Buckden which opened earlier this year, means that the western section of the transformed A14 is essentially complete. Like any new road, it will take some time for drivers to get used to driving on it, especially when the junctions have a new layout, and some have been renumbered. Please drive safely and enjoy the new road.”

– Highways England project director David Bray

Drivers travelling eastbound on the new bypass will still have to join a section of 40mph narrow lanes roadworks from the Swavesey junction, so should look out for the signs when they approach the area.

The new junction numbers on the A14 between Ellington and Bar Hill will change when the bypass opens as there will be fewer junctions than on the old A14.

The new junctions will be as follows:

  • New Ellington, Junction 21
  • Brampton interchange, Junction 22
  • Godmanchester and A1198, Junction 23
  • Swavesey, Junction 24
  • Bar Hill, Junction 25
  • All A14 junctions to the east of and including Girton as well as the A1 junctions will keep their existing numbers.

Work on the rest of the project is expected to be completed by December 2020.