A14 upgrade between Huntingdon and Cambridge to start in 2016

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A14 sign - Credit: Archant

WORK to start upgrading the A14 between Huntingdon to Cambridge will start in 2016, it has been announced.

Danny Alexander, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, revealed the £1.5billion project was part of the Government’s plans to spend £300b on infrastructure as part of the spending round.

Further details of a route or breakdown in funding were not announced.

Mr Alexander told the House of Commons today (Thursday): “We will deliver all of the major projects in the Highways Agency Pipeline.

“We will add two lanes to the busiest motorways – bringing another 221 lane miles to our road network.

“It will see us tackle some of the most congested parts of our network.

“Like the £1.5 billion A14 scheme between Huntingdon and Cambridge.

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“This is a scheme of strategic national importance, which will unlock jobs, housing and growth in the region, as well as providing key relief for a major freight route.

“And I am delighted to announce that we will be bringing forward the start of construction by almost 2 years, to 2016.”

Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly welcomed the announcement in the House, and asked the Chief Secretary for a breakdown on the funding.

Mr Alexander told him that The Department for Transport will release a statement in due course.

More to follow.