Highways England has announced that the A14 will open earlier than originally planned.
The biggest road upgrade in the country, which cost £1.5 billion, was expected to open to traffic at the end of this year.
But now, Highways England has confirmed it will open ahead of schedule.
The 21-mile stretch of road between Cambridge and Huntingdon will improve journeys between the East of England and the Midlands.
It has been confirmed that the road will open in spring, and follows the good news from the end of 2019 that saw a 12-mile bypass that is part of the wider scheme open a whole year ahead of originally planned.
This means that traffic has already improved for businesses and commuters, with figures revealing more than five million journeys have already been made.
The route, described by Highways England as ‘vital’, is used by 85,000 drivers each day and includes more than 21,000 hauliers who use the road to transport essential goods and services around the country.
Baroness Vere is the Roads Minister. She explained why the scheme is so important.
“I’m delighted that the A14 upgrade will open ahead of schedule, not only meaning drivers will benefit from quicker and safer journeys sooner, but also ensuring that key access between the region’s ports and the West Midlands will be boosted.
“Investing in key transport links such as this is part of this government’s plan to level up access across the country, ensuring all regions are better connected and improving journeys for all.”
The project has been good for the economy in other ways too, ensuring employment of 13,000 people in total, while 2,500 worked on site during the peak time of the project.
Transformation of the A14 also complements other road improvements being delivered by Highways England along this corridor, which is a key link between East Anglia and the Midlands.