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A14 to become a motorway after £1.5bn upgrade


Highways England is proposing that the bulk of the upgraded A14 in Cambridgeshire be reclassified as a motorway once work in finished.

An 18-mile stretch of the road between the M11 and the A1(M) is likely to be renamed the A14(M) when it opens in 2020, it has been revealed.

The £1.5bn scheme to improve 21 miles of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon is now almost halfway through. It is the biggest road upgrade currently under construction in the UK, being delivered as a joint venture by Balfour Beatty, Costain, Skanska, Atkins and CH2M.

Highways England project director David Bray said: “We want the A14 upgrade to be the safest and best road it can possibly be, and we now have an opportunity to make our already robust plans even better by putting the right traffic onto the right roads when the new A14 opens to traffic.

“Creating a motorway link between the A1(M) and the M11 will mean motorists and hauliers carrying goods across the country will be able to travel more smoothly and safely, while local and slow moving traffic will benefit from the new routes we are introducing.”

The Planning Inspectorate and the Secretary of State for Transport have to approve changing the route from trunk road to motorway.

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