WORK on the new A14 around Huntingdon could begin by 2010 after the Government pledged a cash injection. Transport secretary Ruth Kelly has announced a £6billion investment for major road improvements across England. The overstretched

WORK on the new A14 around Huntingdon could begin by 2010 after the Government pledged a cash injection.

Transport secretary Ruth Kelly has announced a £6billion investment for major road improvements across England.

The overstretched A14 has been named one of the beneficiaries of the cash - a new 11.8-mile stretch of dual carriageway between Ellington and Fen Drayton will be built, with three lanes in each direction while the A14 beyond Fen Drayton will be widened.

The much-needed new road will follow the path of the so-called 'orange route', which will take the road away from Huntingdon to the south of its current path.

Ms Kelly said: "The £6bn I am announcing today will allow us to develop and implement more innovative approaches to the way we use our major roads.

"This includes measures like opening the hard-shoulder when traffic is at its heaviest, alongside some conventional widening where that makes best sense.

"Where we add new capacity through measures like this I am also interested to see what role car share or tolled lanes could play in helping traffic flow more smoothly - giving motorists a choice about how they make their journeys."

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