RELEASED: 15:31 February 25, 2019
A public consultation ends with the plan to convert part of the new A14 from Cambridge to Huntingdon into a freeway.
Motorways England announced in September that it would apply for an 18-mile section of the A14, which will be classified as a freeway following completion of the modernization work.
The move will create an unbroken highway link between London and Peterborough from which Highways England hopes to increase safety and improve travel by promoting Huntingdonshire-based travel and long-distance services on the appropriate routes.
Highways England is halfway through the £ 1.5 billion project that has improved the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon by 21 miles – currently the largest road renewal in the UK.
Highways England has now formally requested the Planning Authority to change the status of the road from the highway to the highway, with the final decision taken by the Transport Minister.
David Bray, the Highways England project leader, said the upgrade would make the road as safe as possible.
He said, "We want the A14 upgrade to be the safest and the best road there can ever be, and we now have the opportunity to make our already robust plans even better by putting the right traffic on the right roads bring when the new A14 opens the traffic.
"We want the A14 upgrade to be the safest and the best road we can ever get, and now we have the opportunity to make our already robust plans even better by putting the right traffic on the right roads, when the new A14 is opened for traffic. "
If the change is made, the status of the freeway will also be extended to a three-mile section of the A1 from Alconbury to Brampton, which will be renamed A1 (M).
The consultation ends on 28 January.
A complete application shows a copy of the St Ives Library, the Huntingdon Library, the Buckden Library and the offices of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority in Alconbury. You can also view it on the Planning Inspectorate website.