Highways officials have vowed to keep disruption ‘to a minimum’ for drivers in Huntingdonshire using the A14 as a programme of improvements gets under way.

Highways England has awarded a contract worth £6.3million to Balfour Beatty to carry out a slew of improvements, including resurfacing, safety barrier renewal, bridge repairs, embankment repairs, replacing and installing new signs.

Officials say the work will help drivers by "providing smoother and safer journeys for drivers".

Aran Nugent, service delivery team leader at Highways England, said: "The appointment of the contractors is a vital part of the delivery of improvements to some of our major roads in Cambridgeshire.

"This scheme will make journeys better for local people by improving safety for the thousands of drivers that use these roads each day.

"We expect the work to start in the winter and be completed by the summer next year. We will work with the contractors on how the works will affect people, but I'd like to assure drivers, where possible, disruption will be kept to a minimum and to bear with us while we continue to carry out this vital work to improve the existing road network."

All of the work will be carried out overnight, with more details about the when and where the work will begin to be announced in the coming weeks.