A14 Haughley to Stowmarket Improvements

The Highways Agency proposes to improve the A14 trunk road between Haughley New Street and Stowmarket. These web pages outline the need for improvement and give the two options, on which the Highways Agency would like your views.

The A14 is a strategic route, connecting the east coast to the Midlands and the North. An average of 38,000 vehicles per day pass through this section of road, of which 20% are heavy goods vehicles. Traffic is expected to grow resulting in increased congestion, driver stress and accidents. The recorded accident rate along this stretch of road is substantially higher than the national average. The alignment and junctions do not comply with current standards, especially at Haughley Bends.

The Planned Scheme

The objective of the scheme is to upgrade the standard of the existing road to improve safety. This will be achieved by realigning the existing road and replacing the existing sub-standard junctions and accesses with a new two-level junction (flyover). This junction will allow for turning in all directions. All gaps in the central reserve would be closed. The works would include improvements to the local access roads where necessary, and also using parts of the existing A14 carriageway as a local access road.

The proposal improves safety for road users and residents by closing private vehicular access directly onto the A14 and moving it onto local access roads. There would also be improved, safer access between the local villages for traffic, pedestrians, equestrians and cyclists.

The Highways Agency has carried out a study into options for improvement to the existing situation. Two options are proposed.

Red Route

This route would run almost along the line of the existing A14. All existing junctions and accesses along the A14 would be closed and provided via a single new junction to the west of Fishponds Way. Parts of the existing eastbound carriageway would be used as the local two-way link road.

Blue Route

This route would run south of the existing A14. All existing junctions and accesses onto the A14 would be closed and provided via a single new junction to the west of Fishponds Way. The existing eastbound carriageway would be used as the local two-way link road.

It is anticipated that following statutory procedures, the duration of the construction work would be 18 months.

The scheme has been designed to minimise, as far as possible, any adverse effects to the environment while still considering other factors such as road safety and cost.

Further Information

Your views are important to the Highways Agency. If you wish to comment on the proposals, you can write or email your comments to:

Roy Brunsden
Highways Agency
Room 246, Heron House,
49-53 Goldington Road,
Bedford
MK40 3LL
Email : roy.brunsden@highways.gsi.gov.uk