In September 2013 the Highways Agency held a public consultation to consider route options for the A14 scheme. As a result, the proposed scheme has been developed in more detail and plans to toll the road have been dropped. The changes that have been made in response to feedback from last year’s consultation include improvements to Brampton, Swavesey, Bar Hill and Girton junctions. An updated local access road has also been proposed between Fen Drayton and Swavesey.
The current consultation exercise forms part of the statutory planning process and is intended to give more information on the scope and details of the proposals and to allow people to have their say on the plans.
Roads minister Robert Goodwill said: “The redevelopment of the £1.5 billion A14 scheme is vital to the economic development of the region, helping to support and unlock growth across the East of England. The new consultation is an important next step in the development process, not only for local businesses, but for residents and motorists who are subject to delays and reliability issues on a daily basis. I encourage anyone who uses the A14 to get online and have their say.”
The Agency will announce the preferred route in the summer before submitting its Development Consent Order planning application to the Planning Inspectorate in the autumn. Subject to a successful examination of the planning application, work is due to start on site in late 2016.