Fourth time lucky as new A14 opens at last
A new section of the A14 has finally opened after being delayed on three separate occasions.
Nearly a month after the road was originally meant to open, the westbound to westbound A14 freeflow link in Girton opened yesterday afternoon (Thursday December 19).
The section of road was originally due to open to drivers on November 30 following overnight closures.
But, as Highways England announced in a tweet on November 27, the opening was postponed until December 10.
On December 5, Highways then tweeted, again delaying the opening to December 17 ‘to avoid a week of numerous traffic switches.’
The final postponement came on December 16, when Highways informed drivers that poor weather conditions had limited progess.
They said: “Due to weather conditions over the last week, we’ve been unable to complete final works on the Girton westbound to westbound link.
“As a result, opening of the new link has been delayed further and we aim to open overnight Thursday December 19, weather permitting.
“We’re sorry for the delay.”
We know it can be confusing for drivers to get their heads around all the new roads opening in and around Cambridgeshire, so we’ve explained what the new link will mean for drivers below.
What is the A14 freeflow link at Girton?
Highways England says the freeflow link will allow drivers travelling on the A14 to continue their journeys without having to use the Girton junction. The slip road crosses over the new local road, which joins Huntingdon Road into Cambridge.
The existing loop, however, will be retained for maintenance and emergency access only.