See behind the scenes of Britain’s biggest road building project
You can have a look at what’s been happening behind the scenes of Britain’s biggest roads project as the A14 team opens their doors to the public as part of a national initiative to welcome people onto construction projects.
The £1.5 billion project is upgrading 21 miles of the East of England’s major trunk road between Cambridge and Huntingdon, though with 12 miles of that being a new road, the 85,000 drivers who use it daily can only see around a quarter of the work being done.
On Saturday 23 March the team will open the doors of their three compounds at Brampton, Ermine Street and Swavesey, so people can learn just how far the project has come since work started in November 2016.
Recently work was completed on the longest bridge of the 34 on the project, the 757-metre long River Great Ouse Viaduct, forming a part of the 12-mile Huntingdon bypass which is expected to open to traffic before Christmas. The construction work has taken place alongside archaeological endeavours including the discovery of a 100,000 year old woolly mammoth tusk and woolly rhino skull, and more recently the discovery of the earliest evidence of beer brewing in Britain, dating back to 400BC.
Each of the three compounds will hold a trio of sessions for the public throughout the day, including a project presentation and then a tour of the site, with the opportunity to speak to the team. While attendance is free, spaces are limited and so visitors must book a place for the session they wish to attend. To find out more and book your place, visit https://opendoors.
The A14 is a key route between the east coast and the midlands, and Highways England is upgrading a 21-mile section between Cambridge to Huntingdon, which will speed up journeys by up to 20 minutes.
Main construction of the A14 improvement is progressing well and reached the halfway mark in November 2018. The project, which will open to traffic by December 2020, will add capacity and boost the local and national economy.