The A14 Trunk Road :: Shared Description

The A14 is a major road which runs for 129 miles from the Port of Felixstowe to the Catthorpe Interchange, the junction of the M1 and M6 motorways near Rugby.

The route linking Rugby (and therefore the West Midlands and the north of England via the motorway network) to East Anglia and the ports of Felixstowe and Harwich is incredibly important and incredibly busy (Felixstowe is the UK's principal container port and the A14 is the road between Felixstowe and everywhere else) but it didn't exist in any coherent form until about 1992.

Prior to the current A14 the main route from Birmingham to the Haven ports followed the old A45 road via Coventry, Rugby, Northampton, St Neots, Cambridge and then through all the towns on the A14, from there to Ipswich where it ended on the A12 – not the fast route required for transporting goods across the country with the sudden rise in container shipping during the latter part of the twentieth century.

Most of the current A14 route is a collection of bits of dual carriageway acquired from other roads (most notably the A45) with occasional stretches of new road to bolt it all together. Because of its importance to the country’s economy, there are plans to upgrade it further.

Prior to its use for the current route the A14 designation had been used for a section of road between the A10 at Royston and the A1 at Alconbury following part of the route of the Roman road, Ermine Street, which is now mostly designated as the A1198. The only bit of the current A14 that follows that number's original route is the spur linking junction 23 to the A1.

LinkExternal link Chris's British Road Directory
LinkExternal link Wikipedia
by David Dixon
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TM0955 : Bridge 0ver A14 near Creeting St Mary (Westbound) by David Dixon
TM0459 : A14 viaduct north of Stowmarket by Christopher Hilton
SP9977 : Westbound A14 approaching Junction 12 by David Dixon
TL3565 : Stobart Lorry at Cambridge Services by David Dixon
TM0261 : Eastbound A14 near Haughley by David Dixon
TL6366 : A14, east of Junction 37 by David Dixon
TL2272 : Eastbound A14, Spittals Interchange by David Dixon
TL9862 : Westbound A14 near Woolpit by David Dixon
TL4161 : Westbound A14 at Junction 31 (Girton Interchange) by David Dixon
TL5861 : Eastbound A14 near Newmarket by David Dixon
SP7179 : A14 Crossing Over a Minor Road by David Dixon
TM2837 : Westbound A14, Junction 59 (Trimley) by David Dixon
TL6365 : Eastbound A14, Fordham Road Bridge by David Dixon
TL7266 : Westbound A14 Approaching Junction at Kentford by David Dixon
TL2172 : Eastbound A14, Layby near Long Plantation by David Dixon
SP9376 : Eastbound A14 near Cranford St John by David Dixon
TL6063 : Westbound A14, Footbridge near Newmarket Racecourse by David Dixon
TM0559 : A14, Layby near Stowmarket by David Dixon
TM1346 : A14 Approaching Junction 53 (Whitehouse) by David Dixon
TL7366 : Eastbound A14 by David Dixon
TL8565 : A14 at Junction 43 (Bury St Edmunds) by David Dixon
TL9163 : Layby on Eastbound A14 near Blackthorpe by David Dixon
TL0974 : Layby on Westbound A14 by David Dixon
SP6277 : Minor Road Bridge over the A14 by David Dixon
TL4062 : Westbound A14 After Girton Interchange by David Dixon

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Created: Mon, 12 Aug 2013, Updated: Sat, 13 Dec 2014

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