Highways England is currently improving the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon. The scheme involves:
Further details about the scheme can be viewed on Highways England’s website.
Highways England are responsible for the scheme.
Highways England obtained permission to build the scheme through a Development Consent Order, granted by the Secretary of State in May 2016, following a rigorous independent Examination process.
Highways England is responsible for ensuring their contractors build the scheme in accordance with the Development Consent Order. This includes responsibility for monitoring and enforcing compliance.
Highways England’s contractors are undertaking the works in accordance with the Code of Construction Practice and Local Environmental Management Plan.
As the local planning authority for that part of the scheme in South Cambridgeshire, we have an enforcement role and powers to ensure that Highways England is doing this satisfactorily. (Note: Huntingdonshire District Council is responsible for the northern part of the route which is within Huntingdonshire).
Our enforcement policy says that we will work with people to remedy a problem in the first instance and, only if this failed, would we consider formal enforcement action should there be sufficient evidence and it be judged to be in the public interest.
The Council is working closely with Highways England to investigate concerns as they are raised by local residents and explore whether there are alternative ways of undertaking the works to minimise the impacts on residents (see What is the District Council is Doing?)
Construction began in November 2016 and Highways England anticipate the new road will be open to traffic by the end of 2020. To achieve this, a considerable amount of works are being undertaken by Highways England across the whole route at the same time.
Highways England says it is necessary for some works to be undertaken at night and at weekends to minimise disruption to traffic and ensure the safety of road users and workers. This involves closing the A14 and/or side roads periodically, usually between the hours of 8pm and 6am. When this occurs, clearly signed diversion routes should be into operation by Highways England.
The planned road closures for this week can be viewed online and this page is updated weekly.
Please note that it is sometimes necessary for Highways England to undertake unscheduled closures to undertake emergency repairs.
Highways England have dedicated people who can be contacted for further information on works being undertaken in a given section of the route, or if you have any concerns about the works:
Sections 1 & 2: Alconbury to the East Coast Main Line
Jon Lewell - email@example.com
Section 3: East Coast Main Line to Swavesey
Jade Pettit - firstname.lastname@example.org
Sections 4 & 5: Swavesey to Milton
Bob Pettipher - email@example.com
Alternatively, you can contact Highways England on the A14 helpline 0800 270 0114 - This will be answered by a team member during site hours, which are from 8am to 5pm. Messages can be left at other times.
If you want to raise concerns about night works as they are occurring call Highways England’s rapid response number: 01480 220281 (between 9pm and 6am only).Your call will be directed to a member of the team working on site for immediate investigation and, if appropriate, action.
Should you wish to make a formal complaint to Highways England, it has a formal complaints procedure.
The District Council is working with Highways England and the local community to resolve a number of issues arising from complaints (see What is the District Council doing?).
Highways England has a dedicated email address for the local community to raise issues and complaints relating to the works being undertaken in the Histon and Impington / Orchard Park area: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also contact the District Council: email@example.com. The Council will investigate and work with Highways England to address the issue.
Should you wish to make a formal complaint to the District Council, it has a formal complaints procedure.
If your complaint relates to noise.
The District Council is working with Highways England to try to minimise the impacts of the scheme, particularly during construction, and maximise the positive legacy the scheme will bring the area.
However, complaints have arisen in relation to the works being undertaken. The District Council is currently working with Highways England and the local community on various measures to address these issues.
Some of the actions the Council has undertaken include:
Key messages arising from the meeting of the Community Engagement Group:
The Council has received complaints about traffic management measures in the Bar Hill area. Unfortunately we have been told that the road layout changes are necessary for the development of the scheme. However, Highways England and Cambridgeshire County Council (as the highway authorities responsible for national and local roads) are continuing to monitor the impact. They are making adjustments to traffic management arrangements as appropriate and the County Council is also installing an additional temporary CCTV camera in order to assist with monitoring.
If you have any concerns regarding the traffic management, please direct them to Highways England by emailing A14CambridgeHuntingdon@highwaysengland.co.uk or Cambridgeshire County Council via their website.
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