The Highways Agency has launched a public statutory consultation for the £1.5bn A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement project.

The ten-week consultation process aims to provide more information on the scope and details of the proposals, to get opinions from local residents, businesses and haulage operators.

The Highways Agency carried out a public consultation to consider route options for the A14 project in September 2013. The exercise resulted in a more detailed development of the proposed scheme, and the scrapping of plans to introduce a toll.

The changes made in response to feedback from last year’s consultation include improvements to the Brampton, Swavesey, Bar Hill and Girton junctions. In addition, an updated local access road has been proposed between Fen Drayton and Swavesey.

Roads Minister Robert Goodwill said that the redevelopment of the A14 scheme is vital to the economic development of the East of England, helping to support and unlock growth across the region.

"The new consultation is an important next step in the development process, not only for local businesses, but for residents and motorists who are subject to delays and reliability issues on a daily basis," the minister noted.

Highways Agency A14 project director Ian Parker said: "This consultation forms part of the planning process, so it’s an important opportunity for everyone with an interest in this scheme to get involved and to let us know what they think. That way we can make sure the scheme best meets the needs of businesses, road-users and the local community."