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Britain’s biggest road project to finish early

7 February 2020 | By Neil Gerrard

The new Swavesey junction with its pedestrian and cycle bridge

Britain’s biggest road project, the £1.5bn A14 improvement scheme, is to open more than six months ahead of schedule.

The scheme designed to improve journeys between the east of England and the Midlands was planned to open by the end of 2020 but will now open this spring. It has been delivered by the A14 Integrated Delivery Team – a joint venture between Balfour Beatty, Costain, Skanska, Atkins and CH2M.

The announcement follows the December opening of a part of the 21-mile scheme – a new 12-mile bypass south of Huntingdon – a year early.

Highways England chief executive Jim O’Sullivan said: “The A14 is a vital route used by 85,000 drivers every day and including more than 21,000 hauliers transporting essential goods around the country.

“Opening this scheme more than six months early and on budget shows what the UK construction industry can achieve working with Highways England on the Strategic Road Network. I would like to thank them for their focus on our joint success and for their one team approach.”

Comments

Fantastic that it will be compleated ahead of planned schedule. Well done the construction companies and crew.
Shame it was not scheduled to be compleated 20 years or more ago.
Why is it that planners seem to be incapable of looking forward on any infrastuctrue project.
Keep on building houses but no extra Schools, local roads, sewage systems, hospitals, fire and police facilites, its far too simple, if 1000 new houses are built there will probaly be 3000 at least more people when they are occupied that will need all of the aforementioned services, plus.

Marc Rawinsky, 10 February 2020

Just hope this success will be as well publicised as delays elsewhere

John Bale, 11 February 2020

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