The A14 raises all sorts of questions. One of them is, how did we survive for so long without it? The route linking Rugby (and therefore the West Midlands and the north of England via the motorway network) to East Anglia and the ports of Felixstowe and Harwich is incredibly important and incredibly busy. And yet it didn't exist in any coherent form until about 1992 when the A14 popped into existence.

Most of the route is a mongrel collection of bits of dual carriageway poached from other roads (most notably the A45) and the occasional bit of new road to bolt it all together. Most of the key interchanges are, therefore, the wrong way round and the A14 uses them to turn a corner, causing furrowed brows and idling engines on a daily basis.

That raises the other question about the A14: how do we manage with a road that is clearly so bad at its job? Because of its varied heritage the road is narrow, badly aligned and mostly not actually built to do what it now does. The culprit, ultimately at the bottom of both questions, is the sudden rise in container shipping, and Felixstowe is the UK's principal container port. The A14 is the road between Felixstowe and everywhere else.

Before 1992 the A14 was a back road linking the A10 at Royston to the A1 at Alconbury, via Papworth Everard and Godmanchester. Today this road is the A1198, which connects to the A14 at junction 24. The only bit of the current A14 that follows the number's original route is the spur that links junction 23 to the A1.

Start
Rugby
End
Felixstowe
Passes
Kettering, Huntingdon, Cambridge, Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich
Connects to
Length
129 miles

Exit list

Junction   Westbound               Eastbound  
M1 J19
0.0 km
The NORTH WEST
Coventry
M6 Link
The NORTH
Nottingham
M1 Link



M1
WEST
M6



M1
N/A
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes Signs LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
6 miles, 2 lanes 6 miles, 2 lanes
1
10.2 km
Spratton
Husbands Bosworth
A5199
A5199 A5199 Spratton
Husbands Bosworth
A5199
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
5 miles, 2 lanes 5 miles, 2 lanes
2
18.4 km
Brixworth
A508
A508 A508 Market Harborough
Northampton
Brixworth
A508
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
4.5 miles, 2 lanes 4.5 miles, 2 lanes
3
25.7 km
Market Harborough
Leicester
A6
A6

B576
Market Harborough
Desborough
B576
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes  
4
26.8 km
Rothwell
Desborough
(B576)
(B576)
LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
5
27.6 km
Rothwell Lodge
Services Rothwell
Rothwell Lodge
Services Rothwell
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
6
29.2 km
Rothwell Grange Rothwell Grange
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes 0.5 miles, 2 lanes
7
30.2 km
Corby
Melton Mowbray
A43
A43

A4300
Corby
Stamford
A43
Kettering
A4300
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 3 lanes 1.5 miles, 3 lanes
8
32.2 km
Northampton
Broughton
A43
A43 A6103 Broughton
A43
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 3 lanes 2 miles, 3 lanes
9
35.4 km
Wellingborough
Milton Keynes
A509


A509
A509


Wellingborough
Milton Keynes
A509
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
10
37.5 km
Rushden
A6
Kettering
A6003


A6
A6003 Rushden
Bedford
Finedon
A6
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2.5 miles, 2 lanes 2.5 miles, 2 lanes
11
41.8 km
Finedon
Cranford
A510
A510 Cranford
A510
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2.5 miles, 2 lanes 2.5 miles, 2 lanes
12
46.6 km
Brigstock
Corby
A6116
A6116 Brigstock
Corby
A6116
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
13
48.9 km
Rushden
Northampton
A45
A45 A605 Peterborough
Oundle
A605
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes  
49.9 km Denford Ash
LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
14
50.8 km
Titchmarsh Titchmarsh
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
51.9 km Coales Lodge Coales Lodge
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
15
53.9 km
Keyston
Bythorn
B663


B663
B663


Keyston
Bythorn
B663
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
16
58.1 km
Kimbolton
Catworth
B660
B660 B663

B660


Kimbolton
Catworth
B660
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
17
60.2 km
Leighton Bromswold Leighton Bromswold
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
18
62.2 km
Spaldwick
LanesLanesLanesLanes
   
18
63.2 km
Spaldwick
LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
19
64.1 km
Easton Easton
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.1 miles, 2 lanes 0.1 miles, 2 lanes
64.5 km Woolley Woolley
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
20
65.9 km
Ellington
Grafham
Ellington
Grafham
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
21
69.5 km
The SOUTH
St Neots
Stevenage
A1 Link

Services Brampton
A1 A1 The NORTH
The SOUTH
St Neots
Stevenage
A1 Link
Services Brampton
LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs LanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
22
70.6 km
Brampton
Race Course
B1514
B1514 Brampton
Race Course
B1514
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
23
72.5 km
The NORTH
Peterborough
A14 (A1(M) Link)
Huntingdon
March
Wisbech
A141
A14
(A1(M))

A141

Huntingdon
March
Wisbech
A141
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3 miles, 2 lanes 3 miles, 2 lanes
24
76.8 km
Godmanchester
Huntingdon
B1043
A1198 B1043 Godmanchester
Royston
A1198
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
25
78.7 km
Hemingford Abbotts
Hemingford Grey
Hemingford Abbotts
Hemingford Grey
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
80.5 km Gore Tree Farm Hemingford Grey
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
26
81.7 km
St Ives
A1096
Hilton
B1040
B1040 A1096 St Ives
A1096
Hilton
B1040
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 0.5 miles, 2 lanes
27
82.9 km
Fenstanton
LanesLanesLanesLanes
  0.5 miles, 2 lanes
27
84 km
Fenstanton Fenstanton
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
85.5 km Conington Fen Drayton
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
28
88.1 km
Swavesey
Buckingway Bus. Pk.
Boxworth
Services Cambridge
Swavesey
Buckingway Bus. Pk.
Boxworth
Services Cambridge
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
89.9 km Lolworth Hill Farm
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
29
91.3 km
Longstanton
Bar Hill
B1050
B1050 Longstanton
Bar Hill
B1050
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 3 lanes 1 mile, 3 lanes
92.4 km Slate Hall Farm
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
  0.5 miles, 3 lanes
30
93 km
Dry Drayton
Oakington
Dry Drayton
Oakington
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 3 lanes 1.5 miles, 3 lanes
31
95 km
London
Stansted Airport
M11 Link
St Neots
Bedford
A428
A428

M11

A1307
London
Stansted Airport
M11 Link
Cambridge
A1307
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 3 lanes 2 miles, 3 lanes
32
99.3 km
Histon
B1049
B1049 B1049 Histon
B1049
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
33
101.3 km
Milton
Ely
A10
A1309 A10


Milton
Ely
A10
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
34
103.4 km
B1047 Fen Ditton
Cambridge Airport
B1047
LanesLanesLanesLanes
  2 miles, 2 lanes
35
106.5 km
Fen Ditton
Cambridge & Airport
A1303
A1303 A1303 Stow Cum Quy
Bottisham
A1303
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
4 miles, 2 lanes 4 miles, 2 lanes
36
113.2 km
London
Stansted Airport
A11 Link
A1303

A11
A1303


LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
5 miles, 3 lanes 5 miles, 3 lanes
37
121.4 km
Newmarket
Soham
Ely
A142
A142 A142 Newmarket
Soham
Ely
A142
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2.5 miles, 3 lanes 2.5 miles, 3 lanes
38
125 km
A1304




A11
Thetford
Norwich
A11 Link
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
3 miles, 2 lanes  
39
130.6 km
Kentford
B1506
B1506
LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 4.5 miles, 2 lanes
40
133.1 km
Barrow
Tuddenham
Barrow
Tuddenham
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3 miles, 2 lanes 3 miles, 2 lanes
41
136.6 km
Risby
Burthorpe
Risby
Burthorpe
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
42
141.1 km
Fornham
B1106


A1302
B1106 Bury St Edmunds
A1302
Fornham
B1106
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
43
144.6 km
Thetford
(A134)
Bury St Edmunds
A1302


A1302
A143
(A134)

Diss
A143
Bury St Edmunds
A1302
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
44
146.6 km
Sudbury
Braintree
A134
A134 Sudbury
Braintree
A134
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
45
150.1 km
Blackthorpe Blackthorpe
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
151.2 km Home Farm Home Farm
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
46
153.2 km
Beyton
Thurston
LanesLanesLanesLanes
   
46
154.6 km
Beyton
Thurston
LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes  
156.7 km
  2.5 miles, 2 lanes
47
158.2 km
Elmswell
Woolpit
Ixworth
A1088
A1088 Elmswell
Woolpit
Ixworth
A1088
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
4 miles, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
47A
158.7 km
Wetherden
LanesLanesLanesLanes
  3 miles, 2 lanes
48
165 km
Haughley
Wetherden


A1308
Haughley
Stowmarket
A1308
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3 miles, 2 lanes 3 miles, 2 lanes
50
169.1 km
Stowmarket
Combs Ford
Stowupland
A1120
A1120 A1120 Combs Ford
Stowupland
The Stonhams
A1120
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
4 miles, 2 lanes 4 miles, 2 lanes
51
175.2 km
Diss
The Stonhams
A140
Needham Market
B1078
B1078 A140 Needham Market
B1078
Diss
A140
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3 miles, 2 lanes 3 miles, 2 lanes
52
180.6 km
Claydon
Great Blakenham
B1113
B1113 Claydon
Great Blakenham
B1113
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
53
182.6 km
Whitton
A1156
A1156 Ipswich
Whitton
A1156
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
54
185.2 km
Sproughton
(B1113)
Westbourne
(B1067)
(B1113) (B1067) Sproughton
(B1113)
Westbourne
(B1067)
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2.5 miles, 2 lanes 2.5 miles, 2 lanes
55
188.6 km
Colchester
Harwich
London
A12 Link
A12 A1214 Colchester
Harwich
London
A12 Link
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
56
191.8 km
Manningtree
Tattingstone
A137
A137 A137 Manningtree
Tattingstone
A137
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3.5 miles, 2 lanes  
River or canal Orwell River or canal Orwell
  3.5 miles, 2 lanes
57
196.6 km
Nacton
Priory Heath
A1189
A1189


Nacton
Priory Heath
A1189
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
58
200.1 km
Lowestoft
Woodbridge
A12
Ipswich
A1156
A1156 A12 Lowestoft
Woodbridge
A12
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
203.4 km Levington Kirton
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes  
204.7 km
  2 miles, 2 lanes
59
206.1 km
Trimley St Martin
Trimley St Mary
Trimley St Martin
Trimley St Mary
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
60
208 km
Felixstowe
A154


A154
Felixstowe
A154
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
61
209.9 km
A154 Docks (W) Vehicle Ferry
A154
LanesLanesLanesLanes
  0.5 miles, 2 lanes
62
211 km
N/A A154











A154
EAST
Local access
Felixstowe
Seashore
A154
Docks (E) Vehicle Ferry
Docks (W) Vehicle Ferry
A154
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
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