Highways England wants part of the significant A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon project to be classified as a motorway upon completion.
The government-owned company that is tasked with operating, maintaining and improving England’s motorways and major A roads has announced the plans as part of proposals for an 18-mile stretch of the A14 in Cambridgeshire.
By doing so, Highways England say that it will lead to discernible economic and safety benefits.
Real progress is being made on the £1.5 billion project which is the biggest road upgrade under construction in the UK at this time.
Under Highways England’s proposals, the main section of the upgrade – situated between the M11 and the A1(M) – will be operated as a motorway with variable speed limits that help to keep traffic flowing and ease congestion.
It will help business journeys and the various commuters who use this stretch of road every single day.
When it opens in 2020, this upgraded stretch of road will be known as the A14(M).
David Bray, Highways England project manager, believes that businesses, and in particular hauliers, will be benefit from the change to the road.
He said: “We want the A14 upgrade to be the safest and best road it can possibly be, and we now have an opportunity to make our already robust plans even better by putting the right traffic onto the right roads when the new A14 opens to traffic.
“Creating a motorway link between the A1(M) and the M11 will mean motorists and hauliers carrying goods across the country will be able to travel more smoothly and safely, while local and slow moving traffic will benefit from the new routes we are introducing.”
The next stage will be to formally ask the Planning Inspectorate to amend the status of the road from trunk road to motorway ready for the 2020 opening.
The Transport Secretary will make a final decision next year.