Friday, 1 June 2012

County Council Wins £2 Million Boost To Help Reduce A14 Congestion

A grant of more than £2 million has been given to Cambridgeshire County Council by the Government to help reduce congestion on the over capacity A14.

The County Council bid for the money to help play its part in improving the accident blighted trunk road which can become jammed, costing companies millions of pounds in lost business.

Cambridgeshire County Council, partners and the Department for Transport are working closely together to improve the A14 which is a vital international route and is important for the local and national economy.

Nearly £2 million was awarded to by the Department for Transport to double the size of the St Ives Park and Ride to 1,000 spaces, encouraging even more people to get off the A14 and use the Busway.

Some £175,000 has also been given to provide variable message signs on the County Council's roads leading from Huntingdon and Cambridge onto the A14. These will warn drivers of hold-ups on the road, helping improve traffic flow.

The signs will go on:
A141 Spittals Way, Huntingdon
B1514 Cambridge Road, Godmanchester
A1307 Huntingdon Road, Cambridge
B1049 Histon Road, Cambridge
B1047 Horningsea Road, Fen Ditton
A1303 Newmarket Road, Cambridge

The money is part of a one off £20m allocation made by the Chancellor to provide short term congestion relief on the A14, the remainder will be allocated to the Highways Agency.

Cambridgeshire County Councillor Ian Bates, Cabinet Member for Growth and Planning, said: "This is brilliant news and shows the willingness from all parties to get on and improve the A14. The A14 is a major trunk road which serves international trade and is vital to our local and national economy. Anyone who uses it also knows the congestion and accidents on this route costs lives and local business and we all want to change that. The money will now be used to help encourage people to use public transport on the highly successful Busway as well as warning drivers early enough for them to make choices when the A14 becomes congested. It is part of the County Council's commitment to help deliver measures that improves our economy and improve the health of our communities."