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Highways England announce A14 will reopen six months early

The improved A14 will open to motorists this spring - six months earlier than originally planned, Highways England has said.

The £1.5billion scheme, for which work began back in 2016, was not set to be completed until the end of this year.

Drivers have experienced delays along the 21 mile section that links Cambridge to the west Midlands - although a 12 mile section at Huntingdon has already been completed one year early.

The new Swavesey junction (28507793)
The new Swavesey junction (28507793)

Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan said: “The A14 is a vital route used by 85,000 drivers every day and including more than 21,000 hauliers transporting essential goods around the country.

“Opening this scheme more than six months early and on budget shows what the UK construction industry can achieve working with Highways England on the Strategic Road Network. I would like to thank them for their focus on our joint success and for their one team approach."

The project includes an upgrade to the A14 between Swavesey and Milton, and a new local access road, the A1307, which runs parallel to it between Cambridge and Godmanchester.

Approximately 24 miles of new routes for cyclists, walkers and horse riders are also included in the scheme.

Richard Tunnicliffe, the CBI's regional director for the east of England, said: “Today’s news that the A14 will be finished six months early and on budget is a real cause for celebration in the region.

“This scheme is something that will make a massive difference to businesses and commuters in our area and will become a major artery to the Midlands.

“This scheme shows that the UK can deliver high quality infrastructure promptly.

“The CBI is utterly committed to campaigning for better road, rail and better infrastructure throughout the East of England.”