The new 12-mile bypass to the south of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire – part of the UK’s biggest road upgrade – will open to traffic a full year ahead of schedule.
The new bypass will run between Ellington and Swavesey and is part of a £1.5 billion project to upgrade 21 miles of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.
Like any new road, it may take some time to get used to driving on it. Below is some essential information to help you drive safely and enjoy your new journey.
Know your road – what to expect
- The enclosed map shows how you can join and leave the new bypass, and which junctions have been renumbered.
- At junctions, it is not always possible to join or leave the new road in all directions. This is to help discourage long distance traffic from using smaller, unsuitable roads through local communities. More details are on the map.
- All A14 junctions east of and including Girton, as well as the A1 junctions, will maintain their existing junction numbers.
- Drivers travelling eastbound on the new bypass will still have to join a section of 40mph, narrow lanes roadworks from the Swavesey junction. Please look out for the signs as you approach.
- Slow moving vehicles are prohibited from using the new bypass and will be directed to alternative local access roads.
- Variable speed limits displayed on overhead gantries will help to reduce congestion and ensure safety. Please remember that a red roundel around a speed limit means it is mandatory.
- As with any major road, please remember:
– keep left unless overtaking
– don’t drive under a Red X
– stick within the speed limit
– know what to do if you breakdown.
What happens next?
The upgraded section of the A1 between Alconbury and Buckden opened earlier this year, which means that the western section of the upgraded A14 is now complete.
Work on the rest of the project, between Swavesey and Milton, continues and is on schedule to completed as planned by December 2020. The work we are carrying out at Huntingdon including the removal of the old viaduct over the railway line, will complete after this.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and patience while we build your new A14. Please feel free to share this email with your work colleagues and relevant contacts more widely.