More delays on A14 after worker’s error

MOTORISTS on the A14 were left facing more delays last week as further collisions and the wrong mix of concrete added to the frustration of drivers. On Wednesday the tailbacks were longer than usual after workmen at the Brampton Hut interchange made a m

MOTORISTS on the A14 were left facing more delays last week as further collisions and the 'wrong mix of concrete' added to the frustration of drivers.

On Wednesday the tailbacks were longer than usual after workmen at the Brampton Hut interchange made a mistake which left one lane of the A14 closed westbound.

The workers had poured concrete containing too high a water content onto the road as they carried out the alterations to the traffic lights and roundabout.

The result was that the concrete failed to set by the required time to allow all of the A14's four lanes to accommodate the rush hour traffic.


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The closed lane had been scheduled to reopen at 6am on Wednesday, but the mistake left frustrated motorists queued back as far as Bar Hill on the westbound carriageway.

The Highways Agency apologised to motorists after the incident.

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However, the concrete did not set in time and the lane remained coned off until 11am.

A spokesman for the Highways Agency said the incident was "unfortunate" and they had spoken to the contractors, who are due to complete the work in early December, to ensure it will not happen again.

There was further frustration for motorists on Friday as two crashes, involving six cars, took place on the A14 at the same time.

Police were called at 3.12pm to a collision at Easton involving three vehicles. One lane of the east bound carriageway was closed while the carriageway is cleared.

At the same time police were also called to a collision at Fenstanton near Dairy Crest. Three vehicles heading west collided, blocking a lane. There were no injuries.

INFORMATION: Anyone with information is asked to contact Cambridgeshire Police on 0845 4564564.

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