Opening date set for part of A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon
A section of the A14, which is on track to be completed a year ahead of schedule, will open to traffic on Monday, December 9, it has been confirmed.
The opening will be an early Christmas present for motorists who have been regularly stuck in congestion on the A14 since the roadworks started between Cambridge and Huntingdon in 2016.
The 12-mile bypass, which starts at Swavesey and runs to the south of Huntingdon and on to Ellington, is a major part of a £1.5bn Highways England project to upgrade 21 miles of the A14.
Last month the government announced the bypass work was a year ahead of schedule and yesterday (Tuesday), Highways England announced the opening date and gave further details of what drivers can expect.
Project director David Bray said: “Opening the Huntingdon southern bypass is a huge achievement in the delivery of this major road upgrade and I’d like to thank road users, residents and stakeholders for their patience and support during construction.
“Opening the new bypass will start to unlock many of the project’s benefits and, together with the upgraded section of the A1 between Alconbury and Buckden which opened earlier this year, means that the western section of the transformed A14 is essentially complete.
“Like any new road, it will take some time for drivers to get used to driving on it, especially when the junctions have a new layout, and some have been renumbered. Please drive safely and enjoy the new road.”
Drivers heading towards Cambridge will not escape the roadworks altogether - they will join the 40mph restrictions and narrow lanes at Swavesey.
Work on other areas of the A14 is set to continue until the end of 2020. When complete sections of the old A14 will be turned into a local road, while through-traffic will have to use the new three-lane A14.
Check highwaysengland.co.uk for the latest road closure information.
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