Dates that people need to get involved with the plans for the A14 have been published today (31 March 2014) in the Statement of Community Consultation (SoCC). A copy is available on the Highways Agency’s website and will appear in local newspapers.
On Monday 7 April the consultation document and questionnaire will be published online.
A series of public exhibitions starting from Tuesday 8 April and will be held at 31 locations along the route of the scheme. The first exhibition will be at Tesco Extra Bar Hill on Tuesday 8 April and will be open to the public from 1.30pm to 8pm. For those who can’t make them all the display panels and supporting documents will be available to view on the Highways Agency’s website.
Ian Parker of the Highways Agency’s A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon project team, said:
We’re pleased to announce the dates for the A14 improvement scheme consultation and to let people know how to get involved.
We realise that not everyone with an interest in the A14 project will be able to attend an exhibition, but that doesn’t mean they can’t join in. All the information, including a copy of what you’ll see at the exhibitions, will be online from 7 April. We hope that the public, businesses and others with an interest in the scheme will put aside the time to find out more about the project and give us feedback.
The government has provided up to £1.5 billion of funding towards this A14 scheme to provide much needed capacity of approximately 25 miles (40kms) on the A14 and a short section of the A1. The improvements will help unlock growth locally and nationally, remove the traffic delays experienced on a daily basis and make journey times more reliable.
In the summer the Agency will announce the preferred route ahead of submitting its planning application (Development Consent Order (DCO) to the Planning Inspectorate in the autumn. Work is due to start on site in late 2016, but this is subject to a satisfactory outcome to the examination of the application by the Planning Inspectorate and the subsequent confirmation of the proposals by the Secretary of State for Transport.
Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.
Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.