Costain team completes A14 bypass road in UK

WCN Editorial Team 7 Nov 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Highways England, a government-owned company responsible for operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads, has announced that the 12-mile Huntingdon bypass will be opened to traffic on 9 December 2019.

The bypass will run between Ellington and Swavesey and is part of a £1.5bn ($1.9bn) project to upgrade 21 miles of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon.

The A14 upgrade project is being delivered by a joint venture comprising Costain, Skanska and Balfour Beatty.

Highways England project director David Bray said: “Opening the Huntingdon Southern Bypass is a huge achievement in the delivery of this major road upgrade and I’d like to thank road users, residents and stakeholders for their patience and support during construction.

“Opening the new bypass will start to unlock many of the project’s benefits and, together with the upgraded section of the A1 between Alconbury and Buckden which opened earlier this year, means that the western section of the transformed A14 is essentially complete.

“Like any new road, it will take some time for drivers to get used to driving on it, especially when the junctions have a new layout, and some have been renumbered.”

When the bypass opens, the junction numbers on the A14 between Ellington and Bar Hill will change, as there will be fewer junctions compared to the old A14.

The new A14 junction numbers will be New Ellington, junction 21; Brampton interchange, junction 22; Godmanchester and A1198, junction 23; Swavesey, junction 24; and Bar Hill, junction 25.

The junction numbers of all A14 junctions East of and including Girton, as well as the A1 junctions, will remain the same.

Work on the rest of the project, between Swavesey and Milton, is expected to be completed by December 2020.

Under the A14 project, nine bridges were opened in 2018 and construction has already begun on 25 more bridges.

About 80% of the 10m m³ of material which is needed for the construction of the project has been moved and the spoil has been used for new earthworks and embankments.

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Image: The 12-mile Huntingdon bypass road. Photo: courtesy of Costain Group PLC.

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