Feedback over new A14 scheme indicates “positive” response from public

The proposed A14 scheme. The proposed A14 scheme.

Sunday, May 11, 2014
10:00 AM

The new-look A14 is considered to be a great scheme and the public would like to see the Highways Agency ‘just get on with it’.

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That is according to the early feedback the Highways Agency said it had received on the latest consultation into the £1.5billion road-building project between Huntingdon and Cambridge.

More than 1,500 people have attended exhibitions to view the latest plans for the Huntingdon southern bypass and the A14 improvement scheme.

Mike Evans, senior project officer for the A14 scheme, told The Hunts Post: “Overall, the response has been very positive and the feeling we are getting from it is that people think it is a great scheme and just want us to get on with it.

“By and large there is lots of support for the scheme, particularly now it doesn’t have tolling.

“We have displayed the route on a long map at all of the consultation meetings which has proved a big success as people are able to see the scheme as a whole. 
We have seen people tracing the routes they currently take, and how this 
massive new infrastructure is going to affect their journeys.”

Mr Evans said issues had been raised about cycle and bridle paths alongside the new route, as well as vehicle access points.

“The impact of the scheme on the environment has also been a particular issue and the mitigation measures we are putting in place to counteract that,” Mr Evans added. “Brampton is probably one of the most concerned as well as areas north of Cambridge where we will be doing some widening.

“People from St Ives have also questioned how they can get on the A14 and others from Oakington and Longstanton have asked how the Bar Hill junction will work, particularly with the Northstowe development.

“It depends where you live in St Ives, but most people will get on the road heading to Cambridge at Swavesey. If you live in the north of the town and are going west, it may be via Huntingdon.”

Mr Evans said the height of the road near Hilton would be 2m above existing levels while the viaduct over the East Coast Mainline and the River Great Ouse would be as low as possible, but in keeping with the height restrictions of Network Rail and the Environment Agency.

INFORMATION: To see more about the scheme and to take part in a web chat on June 4, visit www.highways.gov.uk/roads/road-projects/a14-cambridge-to-huntingdon-improvement-scheme.

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