A14 improvements are moved forward to 2016

A14 near Cambridge
A14 near Cambridge

A £1.5 billion project to improve the A14 east of Kettering has been moved forward by two years to 2016 as part of a raft of investment announced by the Government today (Thursday).

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander made the pledge during an announcement on what he called the ‘biggest investment in our roads in 40 years’.

The A14 between Huntingdon and Cambridge, in East Anglia, has been earmarked for improvements as part of the investment, although this was due to be carried out in 2018.

As a result, the Government said a toll road linking Huntingdon to Cambridge will be created.

Northamptonshire County Council said the improvements to the A14 are also seen as one of the key areas of developing the county’s economy with its prominent role in the logistics sector.

Cllr Jim Harker, leader of the county council, said: “This is excellent news for Northamptonshire, the wider region and for the UK as a whole.

“We’re still awaiting exact details of what the proposal include - the A14 is such a strategically important route but capacity desperately needs to be developed so that it is up to standard.

“The road links the Midlands with the Port of Felixstowe in Suffolk, which handles 40 per cent of the UK’s container traffic.

“Such capital investment is coming along at precisely the right time for Northamptonshire as we continue to develop our logistics sector and, of course, such big projects create tremendous demand in the economy.”