Councillors in East Cambridgeshire have agreed in principle to provide £1 million of funding towards a £1.5 billion project to improve the A14.
But they won’t be asking local council tax payers for the cash. Instead they will be looking to use the community levy infrastructure levy which gives councils the opportunity to levy a charge on landowners and developers behind new developments in the area.
The upgrades to the A14 aim to tackle the chronic congestion which has blighted the major trunk road in recent years.
The proposed scheme includes a new bypass to replace the existing road around Huntingdon as well as upgrades along the A14 as far east as Milton. The project will include an element of road tolling and new roads designed for local use.
Councillor Peter Moakes, chairman of East Cambridgeshire’s development and transport committee said: “When the A14 was first built no one could have ever conceived it would handle the amount of traffic it now does on a daily basis. Despite all the efforts to improve the situation, the road is now more often referred to as a car park rather than a serious piece of transport infrastructure. This cannot be allowed to continue.
“To make a difference, councils from across the region – not just Cambridgeshire – have come together to be part of the solution of the problem. This is in recognition of the impact the road has on the lives of all our residents and businesses. For congestion and hold ups on the A14 causes massive problems throughout our road network. This is why something needs to be done. The current project is our best hope to solve this problem once and for all.”