Road open . . . and shut!

THERE was good and bad news for drivers using the A14 today.

THERE was good and bad news for drivers using the A14 today.

The new road by-passing the notorious Haughley bends opened for traffic - although there is still much work to be done and temporary speed limits remain in force.

But 35 miles down the road motorists were facing more chaos after two lorries were in collision at Girton, between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

The westbound carriageway was closed, causing Monday morning rush-hour chaos. The road was due to be reopened some time after 10am.

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One of the drivers was taken to Addenbrookes Hospital with leg injuries.

Local diversions have been put in place while police clear the road.

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Earlier, the new eastbound section of the A14 was opened at the Haughley Bends. The westbound section opened two weeks ago.

Work began in June 2007 to improve safety along the notorious stretch of road, converting the existing A14 into a two-way local road and dedicated route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Major roadworks had closed the entry slip road of the eastbound carriageway between the Haughley New Street junction and the Stowmarket junction.

Meanwhile an accident in the early hours today near junction 24 of the A12 closed the London-bound carriageway of the road this morning.

The stretch of road near Kelveden was reopened soon after 6am but traffic was delayed for nearly two hours after the incident.

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