Huntingdonshire to find out if A14 upgrade is included in Government’s largest investment in roads

A14 sign

A14 sign - Credit: Archant

THE Government has announced the biggest investment in road infrastructure investment in 50 years, but whether an A14 upgrade is included will not be revealed until tomorrow.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, who scrapped a £1.2billion scheme in 2010, announced during his Comprehensive Spending Review today (Wednesday) that £50b of capital spending will be invested in roads, rail, bridges, schools, broadband and science during 2015-16.

Mr Osborne said that Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander will set out “the next stage of our economic infrastructure plan”, with specific plans for more than £100 billion of infrastructure project.

Details of an A14 upgrade, whether it is part or wholly funded by Government, is thought to be included in the plans but the £1.5b scheme may prove too expensive again and be excluded from the announcement.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) will reduce its resource budget by 10 per cent, but local government spending will see a smaller two per cent reduction. The DCLG will continue to offer additional funding to councils if they freeze council tax - a bribe that Huntingdonshire District Council has refused to accept in favour of securing its long term finances.

National police budget will be cut by less than six per cent, Mr Osborne told the House of Commons.