A 12-mile stretch of bypass south of Huntingdon into Cambridgeshire is now open, just in time for the Christmas rush. The new road runs between Ellington and Swavesey, and is a part of a 21-mile A14 upgrade between Cambridge and Huntingdon.
The road layout includes a number of new junctions along the 12-mile stretch. This includes New Ellington, access for which is now via junction 21. Junction 22 now goes to Brampton, 23 goes to Godmanchester and the A1198, 24 to Swavesey and 25 to Bar Hill.
All junctions from Girton, including the A1 junctions, keep their existing numbers.
While this section of the bypass is now open, work is ongoing in the area and there remains a 40mph narrow lane section from the Swavesey junction eastbound on the new bypass.
The old A14 is now closed between Godmanchester and the Spittals interchanges until 2022. This is to allow the construction of new link roads into Huntingdon. Locals should keep an eye out for overnight road closures linked with the project.
The rest of the works, the section between Swavesey and Milton, is continuing as planned, with completion anticipated by December 2020.
Police: follow signs, not your sat-nav
Drivers are advised to keep an eye on signs and not follow their satellite navigation, which may not be up to date on the new layout. There has already been a crash on the new A1M link to the A14 bypass, less than 10 hours after it opened (5am, December 10).
The incident occurred on a dual carriageway section between Ellington and the A1 at Brampton. BCH Road Policing tweeted “The first day on the new A1M/A14 and the first crash. Please follow the signs and not your sat-navs, and remember the road layout has changed”.