Ladyman gives go ahead for new A14 safety scheme

A £32m scheme to improve safety on the A14 between Haughley New Street and Stowmarket, Suffolk has today been given the go-ahead by Transport Minister Dr Stephen Ladyman.

The scheme will provide a new 2.3 mile two lane dual carriageway stretch of the A14 between Haughley New Street and Stowmarket.

The new road will also provide a new two-level junction to give safer access to the A14 from the villages of Haughley, Haughley New Street and Harleston. The majority of the work will be carried out away from the existing A14 carriageway to minimise disruption to motorists.

Dr Ladyman said:

"This new stretch of the A14 will improve safety and provide people in Haughley, Haughley New Street and Harleston with better access to the A14 - it's good news for local people.

"The scheme will also provide safe crossing points for pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders and will be carefully landscaped to minimise the environmental impact of the scheme."

The work on the improvements is expected to start in early summer 2007 and construction will take approximately 19 months.