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Highways England closes its A14 site offices following positive Covid-19 test

The new A14 link road between Girton and Dry Drayton is now open
The new A14 link road between Girton and Dry Drayton is now open

Highways England has closed its A14 project site offices following a positive test by one its its A14 team for the coronavirus.

The project, which will better link the north of England and the Midlands to the East of England and the Haven ports, has had recent successes. The new Huntingdon bypass opened in December, and the new Cambridge to Huntingdon A14 opened on May 5, eight months ahead of schedule.

However, today a Highways England spokesperson told the Cambridge Independent: “A member of our A14 project team tested positive for coronavirus and we wish the individual all the best for a full and speedy recovery. Our sites have stringent social distancing measures in place and we have temporarily paused work on the project and closed our site offices while we carry out a deep clean.”

Highways England added: “Our primary concern at this time is the health of our staff, and we are following guidance set out by Government and PHE on reducing the risk of transmission in the workplace.

“Everyone that came into contact with the individual has been notified and is now in self-isolation. The person affected has not been in contact with members of the public as part of their work.

“All staff have been notified and encouraged to contact the NHS 111 if they are concerned or feel unwell.

“We expect to reopen the site next Monday, June 8.”

The A14 view from Highways England’s perspective
The A14 view from Highways England’s perspective

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