We have achieved much on the project since work officially began in November 2016.
We have installed narrow lanes on the A14, which allows us the space required for work without closing lanes. We have also installed temporary safety barriers on the A1, which means we can safely carry out work on that section without installing additional traffic management. Both these measures allow us to minimise the impact on drivers.
We have also been building our construction compounds, clearing the site, continuing archaeological excavations and building haul roads to keep construction traffic off the local network as much as possible.
You can read more about our progress in this news release.
The next few months will see the start of permanent work, which includes:
- excavating the borrow pits, which provides some of the material needed to build the scheme
- continuing work on the 750m River Great Ouse viaduct
- continuing archaeological excavations; findings will be presented to the local community once finished
- building new bridges
- continuing to divert utility services (such as gas, water, broadband) which sit within the scheme boundary
- creating new ecology habitats for wildlife
To allow this work to take place we will be using the following traffic management:
- overnight closures on the A1 between Alconbury and Buckden, for further preparation and bridge work
- overnight closures on both the A428 and A14 to allow preparation work to continue
- continuing installation of narrow lanes on the A14, between Dry Drayton and Swavesey
Stay up-to-date by using our roadworks planner.
A14 Community Fund
The A14 Community Fund supports projects with up to £10,000 of funding for activities which respond to the changes that the scheme will bring to the local area.
The fund launched in July 2016 and has already generated a lot of interest through two successful funding rounds. Find out more about the community fund and find out if your organisation could benefit.
|2010||Government cancels Ellington Fen Ditton scheme|
|2011/12||Detailed study of options for A14|
|July 2012||Government announces A14 improvement will include a toll|
|June 2013||Government announces fast track delivery programme|
|September 2013||Scheme Options consultation|
|December 2013||Government removes tolling from the proposal|
|7 April to 15 June 2014||Pre-Application consultation|
|December 2014||Development Consent Order application|
|13 May to 13 November 2016||Development Consent Order examination|
|11 May 2016||Secretary of State decision|
|March 2017||Start of works|
|2020||A14 open to traffic|
Thank you to everyone who took part in our communications survey. Direct feedback from those of you who use the road regularly gives us the information we need to make our communications as effective as possible.
Nearly 70% of you found out about the survey via our website or social media, which is to be expected as the survey was hosted online. However, the results will therefore have some bias as they will not reflect the views of those who don’t use the internet, and may have a different perspective. Any changes made to our communications as a result of this survey will be made with this in mind.
What you said
73% of you use the A14 to travel to and from work, or for business purposes, and more than 50% use the road every weekday. 96.1% of you said you wanted more information on road closures and diversions. 69.7% felt that general information about the scheme’s progress would also be useful.
The three most popular sources for information are local media, the scheme website and social media. The least popular was community forums, although these have been historically focussed on Parish Councillors.
When asked what the most useful channel to use to keep people informed is, results shifted slightly. The top choice was the scheme website, followed by email alerts, then social media and then the local press.
What’s changed since this survey went live
We’ve launched our mobile visitor centre, which gives us the capability to visit a much wider range of communities, businesses and other groups to keep people updated about the scheme. Our programme of events is posted below, along with details of how to book a visit.
We’ve started sharing traffic management information on our social media channels. And we’re working on a series on diversion route maps to share with you.
What we’re doing next
- exploring ways to enhance the information provided on our website
- reviewing social media to improve both the quality of information shared
- looking for ways to broaden our reach
- promoting our newsletter as widely as possible, so that people are kept informed on scheme progress; progress stories will also be shared on social media
- investigating other opportunities to keep people informed about traffic management
- promoting our email alerts, which you can sign up to receive
Mobile visitor centre
We think it’s important that as many of you as possible have access to the information you need. We want to help you plan your journeys, share possible job opportunities and share information on other topics of interest too.
As the scheme covers a long and congested section of the A14 we have invested in a mobile visitor centre so that we can come to you.
- the visitor centre is a 3.5 tonne vehicle (so village weight restrictions should not stop us getting there)
- it has both ramp and step access
- it would need a space of 8m x 4m to be set up
- an electricity supply would be an advantage, but is not essential as we come fully self-contained with a generator
- it’s FREE
We want to visit as many towns, villages, business premises, local events, libraries, community and support groups as possible over the next few years. If you’d like to talk to someone about booking the visitor centre please call 0800 270 0114 or email A14CambridgeHuntingdon@highwaysengland.co.uk
Come and see us at the following locations:
- Wednesday 9 August, 4pm to 7pm, Willingham Village Hall, CB24 5LP
- Saturday 12 August, 8am to 1.30pm, Hemingford Market
- Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August, 8am to 5pm, Truckfest, Norfolk Showground
- Wednesday 23 August, 7pm to 9pm, Perry Parish Council
- Thursday 31 August, RAF Wyton Family Day
- Saturday 9 September, 1pm to 5pm, Little Shelford Parish Council, CB22 5EW
- Saturday 16 September, 10am to 2pm, Grafham Shop
- Saturday 14 October, 10am to 1pm, Godmanchester town centre
These regular briefings are an opportunity to ensure elected council members are kept informed and offer an open dialogue between Highways England local councillors.
Why we need this schemeThe existing A14 trunk road between Cambridge and Huntingdon is well known for congestion and delays:
- almost 85,000 vehicles use this stretch of the A14 every day; a lot more than we originally designed for
- around quarter of this is heavy goods vehicles – well above national average for this type of road
AimsThe proposals for the A14 will:
- relieve traffic congestion
- unlock local economic growth
- enhance national economic growth
- connect communities
- improve the environment
- improve safety and reduce driver stress
- improve the environment in Huntingdon
- create a positive legacy for the region
The scheme in detailView:
The government has made a provision for £1.5 billion of capital investment for this scheme. The proposals will be funded through a combination of contributions from Central Government, local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships.
Once work is complete the existing A14 will be ‘de-trunked’ between Huntingdon and Swavesey and between Alconbury and Spittals interchange. This means the road will gain county road status and Highways England will pass responsibility for the road to the local authority.
A1 widening between Brampton and AlconburyWe’ll widen the A1 between Brampton and Alconbury over approx 3½ miles, from 2 lane dual carriageway to 3 lane dual carriageway. Between Brampton and Brampton Hut we will construct a new road to the west of the existing A1. The existing A1 road becomes part of the new A14 Huntingdon Southern Bypass.
A New Huntingdon Southern Bypass
A new Huntingdon Southern Bypass, approx 12½ miles in length, will provide a 2 lane dual carriageway between Ellington and the A1 at Brampton and a 3 lane dual carriageway between Brampton and Swavesey.
This removes a large proportion of traffic from the existing A14 between Huntingdon and Swavesey as well as Brampton Hut and Spittals interchange. The new bypass will include a raised viaduct section of road running across the river Great Ouse and a bridge over the East Coast Mainline railway.
It will include junctions with the A1 at Brampton and with the A1198 at Godmanchester.
Huntingdon Town Centre improvements
We’ll demolish the A14 rail viaduct over the East Coast Mainline railway and Brampton Road in Huntingdon. A through route will be maintained broadly along the line of the existing A14 through Huntingdon, making use of the Brampton Road bridge to cross the railway line and by constructing a new link road from Brampton Road to connect with the A14 to the west.
We’ll widen the existing A14 over approximately 5½ miles to provide three lanes in each direction between Swavesey and Bar Hill and to four lanes in each direction between Bar Hill and Girton. Widening of a 1½ mile section of the Cambridge Northern Bypass between Histon and Milton.
A14 junction improvements
We’ll improve the capacity of existing junctions at Swavesey, Bar Hill and Girton and make sure they are compatible with adjacent proposed developments such as Northstowe. We’ll improve access and connections for cyclists, horseriders and pedestrians.
We’ll construct a new local access road, approximately 5 miles in length. This will be dual carriageway between Fen Drayton and Swavesey and single carriageway between Swavesey and Girton. This provides a route for local traffic between Cambridge and Huntingdon and access to properties and businesses along the corridor.
Development Consent Order – requirements register
We made a commitment to publish and update a register listing the requirements to be completed as part of the Development Consent Order (specified under the Register of Requirements in Schedule 2). This sets out:
- each requirement
- whether the requirement needs approval by the Secretary of State (or other duty holder)
- whether any approval has been applied for or given
Looking after the environment is an important part of our work and we will be running a number of forums to help us maintain close working relationships with environmental organisations. Updates on environmental work will also be shared at our other forums.
We’ve already surveyed the environment around the proposed route so we can assess how the scheme might affect wildlife and make sure the scheme complies with legislation protecting wildlife.
These surveys influence the scheme design – for example, where we place underpasses so mammals can pass safely under the new road.
Protected speciesProtected species included along the proposed route are:
- Cetti’s warblers and Grasshopper warblers
- Great Crested newts
- breeding birds such as swifts and sparrows
In addition to new landscaping, plants and trees, 18 areas will be created specifically for this wildlife. Find out more about how we will be protecting wildlife and the environment.
Cyclists, horseriders and pedestrians
We listened carefully to the views of those impacted by the scheme during consultation and, as a result, the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme includes a variety of provisions for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians.
- 32 new crossings
- over 18 miles of new cycle and walking routes, including a 7.5 mile provision for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians from Fenstanton to the north of Cambridge
- two dedicated non-motorised user bridges – one at Swavesey for pedestrians and cyclists and the other at Bar Hill, suitable for pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians
- ten new controlled crossings
- and 6 reinstated public right of way links
One of the scheme objectives is to leave a positive legacy in the local area, and we are currently working closely with local councils to investigate additional projects that we may be able to support.
Project media files and documents
A14 scheme update - April 2017
A14 scheme update – January 2017
A14 scheme update – September 2016
A14 scheme update – July 2016
A14 scheme update – April 2016
A14 scheme update – January 2016
A14 scheme update – October 2015
A14 scheme update – June 2015
A14 scheme update – February 2015
Safeguarding directions: Alconbury page 1
Safeguarding directions: Alconbury page 2
Safeguarding directions: Ellington
Safeguarding directions: Brampton page 1
Safeguarding directions: Brampton and Buckden page 2
Safeguarding directions: Offord Cluny and Offord Road
Safeguarding directions: Godmanchester
Safeguarding directions: Hilton
Safeguarding directions: Fenstanton
Safeguarding directions: Fenstanton and Drayton
Safeguarding directions: Boxworth
Safeguarding directions: Bar Hill and Lolworth
Safeguarding directions: Girton
Safeguarding directions: Girton Histon and Cambridge
Safeguarding directions: Cambridge and Milton
Safeguarding directions: Huntingdon
Safeguarding directions: Huntingdon and Godmanchester
Safeguarding directions: Hemingford
Safeguarding directions: Guidance Notes for Local Authorities
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