Highways England has unveiled plans showing the changes that will be made once the A14 viaduct is removed – a key part of the £1.5 billion scheme.
The overall project is the largest road development in the UK and will result in upgrades to 21 miles of the A14 once completed.
Previously, the viaduct was responsible for carrying the existing A14 over the railway line and local roads.
This is being removed as part of the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon scheme, and will be replaced by link roads connecting to and from the old A14.
As part of the overall project – the major construction of which will start next year – there will be three lanes in each direction and a new bypass is being built south of Huntingdon.
Chris Bayliss is the Project Manager at Highways England for the scheme. He explained what the removal of the viaduct will achieve.
“Work to upgrade the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon is progressing well and we are on schedule to open the new road to traffic by the end of 2020.
“The Huntingdon viaduct was built in 1975, and by removing it will create new opportunities for Huntingdon. Once the new A14 is open to traffic, the old A14 will become a local road.
“The plans we are sharing will make it even easier for people to travel around, as well as in and out of Huntingdon.”
Removing the 43-year-old viaduct will allow the redesign of the area near Huntingdon train station and a new transport hub will result in bus stops located for the railway station.
Air pollution – which is a key theme across the whole country – will be reduced by the removal of the viaduct, and noise pollution will also drastically decrease.
The scheme, which has already made significant progress, will improve access for businesses in and out of the area, and will boost the local and national economies.