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A14 £1.5bn major upgrade scheme starts

Aerial view of the A14 near Huntingdon

Main construction is set to start on the £1.5bn upgrade for the A14.

Highways England said that construction will start on the road within weeks and it had therefore invited drivers, residents and businesses to a series of public information events on the scheme.

The project will upgrade 34km of the A14, adding additional capacity and cutting up to 20 minutes off journeys, according to Highways England. The upgrade will include a major new bypass for Huntingdon, widening the A1 between Brampton and Alconbury, widening the existing A14 between Swavesey and Milton and improving the junctions at Bar Hill, Swavesey, Girton, Histon and Milton.

It said that there would also be improvements in Huntingdon town centre, including the demolition of the A14 viaduct and a new local access road.

Since the government announced the go-ahead for the project in May 2016, Highways England said that its project team had been carrying out advance work. This has included preparing for the construction of the compounds at Swavesey and Brampton; marking out the boundary fence line across the scheme; and ecological, archaeological and ground investigation work.

“The A14 upgrade is a vital improvement for people in the East of England and the economy as a whole. It will relieve congestion, unlock growth and connect communities,” said Highways England strategic stakeholder manager Mike Evans.

“Anyone who has an interest in the scheme is welcome and people will be able to see what we plan to do over the next four years.”

The main construction work will begin in November 2016, on the A1 near Brampton.

Highways England said that the new bypass and widened A14 would open to traffic in 2020, although some finishing work such as the removal of the A14 viaduct in Huntingdon would continue beyond that date.

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