A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon

An upgrade to the A14 between Ellington, west of Huntingdon, to the Milton junction on the Cambridge Northern Bypass. Includes widening the A1 between Brampton and Alconbury.

Region:  East
Start date:  March 2017
Cost:  £1.2 to £1.8 billion
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  March 2021
Programme:  

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A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon

An upgrade to the A14 between Ellington, west of Huntingdon, to the Milton junction on the Cambridge Northern Bypass. Includes widening the A1 between Brampton and Alconbury.

Progress Report

Construction has now officially started and traffic management will be installed early in 2017. To minimise the impact on drivers, we aim to maintain the current number of traffic lanes during the day by narrowing the existing lanes to gain the space needed.

When work does require lane or full closures, these will take place at night.

Between now and Spring 2017, work will include:

  • installing safety barriers on the A1; this allows drivers to use the road without the implementation of narrow lanes or reduced speed limits
  • starting temporary bridge construction over the River Great Ouse
  • creating roads within the construction site, to avoid using local roads as much as possible
  • archaeological mitigation
  • diverting utility services (such as gas, water, broadband) which currently sit within the scheme boundary
  • clearing vegetation
  • creating new habitats for water voles

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.

What next?

We will be using traffic management from early 2017. Stay up-to-date by using our roadworks planner.

Timeline

Date Event
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

Thanks to everyone who participated in our communications survey, which is now closed. We will publish the findings of the survey here soon.

Community news

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:

  • Monday 20 March, 12pm to 5pm: South Cambridgeshire District Council office, Cambourne, CB23 6EA
  • Wednesday 26 April, 10am to 4pm: Huntingdon Business fair at Wood Green Animal Shelter, Godmanchester, PE29 2NH
  • Wednesday 3 May, time tbc: Alconbury Memorial Hall, PE28 4EQ
  • Saturday 6 May, 1.30pm to 4.30pm: Offord Cluny Village Hall, PE19 5RR

Member briefings

These regular briefings are an opportunity to ensure elected council members are kept informed and offer an open dialogue between Highways England local councillors. We will update this page with details of the next members briefing as soon as we have them.

Why we need this scheme

The 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

Case for the scheme - executive summary

The economic case for the scheme – infographic

Aims

The 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 detail

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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 Alconbury

We’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.

A14 widening

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

Environmental Impact

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 species

Protected species included along the proposed route are:
  • Cetti’s warblers and Grasshopper warblers
  • Great Crested newts
  • bats
  • breeding birds such as swifts and sparrows
  • badgers

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.

These include:

  • 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.

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Project documents
A14 scheme update – January 2017 |
Section map: section 1 |
Section map: section 2 |
Section map: section 3 |
Section map: section 4 |
Section map: section 5 |
A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Land Plans |
Public exhibition boards |
Public exhibition flyers |
Protecting wildlife and the environment |
Case for the scheme - executive summary |
The economic case for the scheme – infographic |
2013 options consultation |
2014 statutory consultation |
A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme – Scheme Plan – Winter 2014/15 |
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 |
Development Consent Order (DCO) |
Safeguarding directions: Overview |
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 |
Safeguarding directions: Guidance Notes for Local Authorities |

Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Location : The M11 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 1 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 7:03 pm
Location : The M11 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 1 January 2020. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 7:03 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A428 and the junction with the A14 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Planned Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 27 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 7:03 pm
From Location : The A14 westbound between junctions J32 Histon and J31 M11 Junction. To Location : The A428 westbound between the junctions with the M11 and the A1303 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 27 March 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 7:03 pm
Location : The M11 northbound between junctions J12 and J14 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 27 March 2017.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 7:02 pm
Location : The A1 southbound between the junctions with the A14 and the A428 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Planned Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 27 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 7:01 pm
From Location : The A14 westbound between junctions J35 Stow Cum Quy and J31 M11 Junction. To Location : The A428 westbound between the M11 and the junction with the A1198 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 27 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 7:01 pm
From Location : The A14 westbound between junctions J32 Histon and J31 M11 Junction. To Location : The A428 westbound between the junctions with the M11 and the A1303 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 2 January 2020. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 6:33 pm
Location : The M11 southbound between junctions J14 and J13 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 03:52 on 14 March 2017 to 06:00 on 2 January 2020.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 6:31 pm
Location : The A428 eastbound between the junctions with the A1303 and the M11 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 01:31 on 7 March 2017 to 06:00 on 2 January 2020.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 6:28 pm
Location : The A428 westbound between the junctions with the M11 and the A1303 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 01:34 on 7 March 2017 to 06:00 on 2 January 2020.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 6:27 pm
Location : The A14 eastbound between junctions J26 St Ives and J27 . Reason : Bridge repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 1 November 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 6:25 pm
Location : The M11 northbound between junctions J13 and J14 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 03:50 on 14 March 2017 to 06:00 on 2 January 2020.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 6:25 pm
Location : The A14 westbound between junctions J31 M11 Junction and J27 . Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 02:06 on 24 March 2017 to 06:00 on 1 January 2020.
Posted: March 26, 2017, 6:22 pm
Location : The A14 eastbound between junctions J33 Cambridge and J35 Stow Cum Quy. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 05:00 from 29 March 2017 to 31 March 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The A14 westbound between junctions J28A and J28 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 April 2017 to 15 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The A14 westbound between junctions J29 Bar Hill and J28A . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 April 2017 to 15 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
From Location : The A428 eastbound between the A1198 and the junction with the M11 . To Location : The A14 eastbound between junctions J31 M11 Junction and J34 Fen Ditton. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 April 2017 to 15 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 April 2017 to 22 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M11 northbound at junction J12 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 April 2017 to 14 April 2017. Schedule : From 23:59 on 14 April 2017 to 06:00 on 15 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The A14 westbound between junctions J28 and J27 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 April 2017 to 15 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The M11 northbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 27 March 2017 to 15:00 on 27 March 2017.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The A14 westbound between junctions J28 and J27 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 April 2017 to 15 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The A14 eastbound between junctions J27 and J28 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 April 2017 to 15 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The A14 westbound between junctions J29 Bar Hill and J28A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 April 2017 to 15 April 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm
Location : The A14 eastbound between junctions J27 and J29 Bar Hill. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 27 March 2017 to 1 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 3 April 2017 to 8 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 10 April 2017 to 15 April 2017. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 17 April 2017 to 22 April 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: March 25, 2017, 5:08 pm

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