A14 Fen Ditton - Ellington

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Scheme details

Under construction
Bypass or realignment for use by all traffic
£ 1.28bn
Highways England
Region: East of England
Central Government
29 km
18 miles

An upgrade of the A14 route between Cambridge and Huntingdon, and in particular the stretch connecting the A1 and M11.

The improvement includes construction of a new dual-three lane route south of Huntingdon to bypass part of the existing road, with the remainder upgraded and widened substantially. The scheme also includes a new interchange with the A1 (along with the widening of a short section of A1), and some modifications to the M11 interchange.

A previously planned widening of a section of the A14 Cambridge Northern Bypass between Histon and Fen Ditton, including the replacement of a bridge over the river Cam does not appear in the final plans. The route from the M11 interchange to Histon was widened to 3 lanes in a separate project following the cancellation of the A14 upgrade and prior to the plan's re-instatement.

The existing viaduct near Huntingdon station, which is nearing the end of its useful life, will be demolished.

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14 January 2007 With work on the realignment of the A14 not due to be complete until 2015, a shorter term proposal is made to upgrade the existing A1/A14 junction with a wider roundabout and traffic signals.
14 March 2007 Signalisation work has been completed.
14 October 2007 The full route for the A14 realignment has now been announced, with the final section to be made public comprising the new three-lane bypass to the south of Godmanchester. Construction is now expected to start in 2010.
24 June 2009 Draft orders for the scheme are now to be published in Autumn 2009.
4 October 2009 Draft orders have now been published, following selection of the line of the road.
3 February 2010 The public inquiry is now due to be held.
11 June 2010 Public enquiry postponed. Next consideration will be in Autumn 2010 Spending Review.
26 October 2010 According to yesterday\'s DfT press release following the autumn spending review, the proposed upgrade of the A14 between Fen Ditton and Ellington has been cancelled.
1 December 2011 The Government has made this scheme a priority in the National Infrastructure Plan, announced earlier this week. Investment has been brought forward, and an A14 Challenge launched to help the project progress more efficiently.
12 December 2011 The A14 Challenge was officially launched today. The consultation will run until 31 January 2012.
30 March 2012 Councils through which the A14 passes are working together to prepare a bid for EU funding to improve the road, through the Trans-European Transport Network Programme.
11 May 2016 The planning inspectorate has now approved this scheme.
23 September 2016 Pits being dug in strips to the east of the current A14 opposite the Cambridge Crematorium. This is likely to be archaeological survey work.
25 September 2016 Things have started happening on the A1198 adjacent to the work site: 40mph speed limit, works accesses, portakabins and stakes marking things out.
28 December 2016 Fencing works are on going and it is possible to see where the new road leaves the current A14 at Fen Drayton. Trees have been cut down and clearance works generally are ongoing.
18 January 2017 The new road layout is becoming apparent to the left of the A1 northbound towards the A1-A14 junction and cylindrical rebar sections (possibly for a bridge) are on-site. New construction work is also ongoing at the A1-A14 Junction services.
21 February 2017 Foundations are being piled for a new bridge over the A1 just after the B1514 Brampton junction near Buckden. Bridge foundation pilings are also continuing apace at the A1-A14 Ellington junction.
4 March 2017 Extensive works now in the fields between Conington and Fenstanton on the new alignment.
26 April 2017 The footings for the Brampton Road bridge replacement over the A1 are visible above ground now, and the new route of the A1 (to the left of its current location northbound) between Buckden and the current A14 interchange has been clearly delineated.

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Official website
Highways England: A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme

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With thanks to Wole Kolawole, Iain Dobson, KatieL, Ian, Clive and Michael Pritchard for information on this page.

This scheme was last updated on 26 April 2017.