THE future of the A14 in Huntingdonshire could turn out to be an early test of the Westminster marriage between Conservatives and Liberal Democrats. Campaigners want July's public inquiry into £1.2billion plans to upgrade and widen 22 miles of the road between Ellington and Fen Ditton scrapped or at least postponed while a new study into traffic patterns in the corridor is carried out. However, Tory MPs for the area, Cambridgeshire County Council and Huntingdonshire and South Cambridgeshire District Councils are urging new Transport Secretary Philip Hammond to press ahead with the scheme as soon as possible. The dilemma for the Government is to decide between the Liberal Democrats' policy of bringing strategic road-building to an abrupt halt as well as the fact that £1.2bn could make a significant contribution to the £6bn of urgent public expenditure costs; and the bitter opposition to shelving the scheme from MPs, councils, local and regional business leaders and the majority of the Huntingdonshire public. The scheme's benefit to cost ratio has reduced significantly since the Cambridge-Huntingdon Multi-Modal Study's findings were published in 2001, says pressure group the Campaign for Better Transport (CBT, formerly Transport 2000). The world has moved on since 2001 and a new study should be undertaken, campaigner Richard George told The Hunts Post.