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

Progress Report

We have achieved much on the project since work officially began in November 2016.

We’ve installed narrow lanes on the A428 and A14, which allow us the space required for work without closing lanes. We’ve 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’ve 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.

What’s next?

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.


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

Communications survey

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

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:

  • Saturday 1 July, 12pm to 4.30pm, Oakington Pavilion, CB24 3AW
  • Saturday 8 July, 2pm to 4pm, Alconbury summer fete
  • Monday 17 July, 11am to 3pm, Wood Green Animal Shelter, PE29 2NH
  • Wednesday 19 July, 6pm to 8pm, Northstowe Community Forum, Pathfinder Primary School
  • Monday 24 July, 6pm to 8pm, The Clock Tower, Fenstanton
  • Thursday 31 August, RAF Wyton Family Day

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.

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


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


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.

Project media files and documents

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The A1M southbound between junctions J14 and A14 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 25 June 2017. Lanes Closed : There are two of three lanes closed.
Posted: June 24, 2017, 7:01 pm
Location : The A1 northbound. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 25 June 2017. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: June 24, 2017, 7:01 pm
Location : The A1 northbound between the A428 and the junction with the A14 . Lane Closures : Lane two is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 05:00 on 25 June 2017. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 24, 2017, 7:01 pm
Location : The A14 eastbound between junctions J20 Ellington and J21 A1 Junction. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 June 2017 to 28 June 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 12:27 pm
Location : The M11 southbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 28 June 2017 to 04:00 on 29 June 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 12:05 am
Location : The A14 westbound at junction J31 M11 Junction. Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 28 June 2017 to 1 July 2017. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 5:04 am
Location : The A14 eastbound between junctions J27 and J31 M11 Junction. Reason : Contraflow. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 01:38 on 13 June 2017 to 06:00 on 1 January 2020.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 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 3 January 2020.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 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: June 20, 2017, 11:20 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 3 January 2020.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 pm
Location : The A14 westbound between junctions J31 M11 Junction and J27 . Reason : Contraflow. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 01:46 on 13 June 2017 to 06:00 on 1 January 2020.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:20 pm


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