Suffolk: Still time to have a say on £1.5bn A14 upgrade scheme
10:00 26 April 2014
The Highways Agency is urging those who use the A14 and who live or work nearby to get online and have their say on the £1.5billion improvement scheme.
The consultation, which opened at the beginning of April and closes on June 15, offers local communities, haulage operators and other companies the chance to have further input into the proposals for the stretch between Cambridge and Huntingdon.
Plans to include a toll option in the scheme have already been dropped following major opposition from businesses, residents and politicians.
Mike Evans, the Highways Agency’s senior project manager for the A14 scheme, said: “This is a vital scheme that will deliver benefits for Cambridgeshire and those who regularly use the A14, and we want to make sure the scheme best meets the needs of businesses, road-users and the local community.
“There is still plenty of time for everyone with an interest in this scheme to have their say so get online and let us know what you think.”
The scheme, described by Roads minister Robert Goodwill as “vital” for unlocking growth in the East of England, includes improvements to Brampton, Swavesey, Bar Hill and Girton junctions. An updated local access road has also been proposed between Fen Drayton and Swavesey.
The Highways Agency has organised more than 30 exhibitions across East Anglia to make sure as many people as possible are informed about the plans. Details of all the events are available to view on the A14 project page on the Highways Agency website, with the next large exhibitions being at Girton College today and Cambridge Science Park (The Trinity Centre) on Monday.
Exhibitions at smaller venues will then run during May and into early June.
The agency will announce the preferred route in the summer before submitting its planning application, which is known as a Development Consent Order or DCO, 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.
Speaking at the launch of the consultation, Mr Goodwill said: “The redevelopment of the £1.5bn 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.”
For the full list of exhibitions and a link to the consultation documents and questionnaire, go to: http://www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/a14-cambridge-to-huntingdon-improvement-scheme/