Our way and the highway
In 2013 Highways England appointed us to help improve one of the country’s most notoriously congested roads: the A14. The £1.5 billion upgrade is a landmark infrastructure scheme for the UK government and represents a breakthrough project for us in the highways sector.
Our role as project manager is to lead an integrated team through the planning, design and construction of a new 21-mile stretch of road between Cambridge and Huntingdon. It’s the first time Highways England has used this ground-breaking collaborative approach and it set a benchmark for the speed and efficiency of developing schemes of this scale.
The A14 runs through the heart of central England, serving some of our fastest growing towns, and its congestion has become an impediment to local and national growth. Our proposal is to build a 12-mile bypass – crossing the river Great Ouse and East Coast Main Line railway – to divert traffic. We’re also planning to widen the existing A14 carriageway, build new access roads and improve a busy town centre with the removal of busy road link.
Creating a positive legacy
Importantly, our proposals cover more than just the physical infrastructure. We’ve looked at employment, the environment, and the local economy to ensure investment into the A14 creates an enduring social and economic impact – and all as part of an accelerated programme.
We shared our plans with the public through three consultation events which helped to shape the scheme’s design. The proposals were submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on 31 December 2014 and will ultimately go before the Secretary of State for approval. If successful, construction will start in 2016.