A14 (Royston - Alconbury)
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||26.5 miles (42.6 km)|
|Met:||A1, A10, A45, A141, A505, A603, A604|
|Now part of:||A1198, Current A14|
|Route outline (key)|
The A10 follows the "Old North Road" (the Roman Ermine Street) as far as Royston, where the A10 strikes north-eastwards to Cambridge. The Old North Road takes a more westerly route to meet the Great North Road (the A1) at Alconbury. This link was the original A14. When the M11 was completed, traffic on the Old North Road route was encouraged to use the new Motorway, gaining the A1 by way of the A604 to Godmanchester and then the A14. The A14 south of Godmanchester was later renumbered the A1198 to discourage through traffic. Use of the short section of A14 north of Godmanchester, now diverted to bypass Huntingdon, was encouraged, as it had a grade separated junction with the A1 at Alconbury, avoiding the roundabout at Brampton (A1/A604). This spur was later renumbered as a spur of the A604, and so the A14 ceased to exist.
When the current A14 was created in the early 1990s, in order to provide a continuous high quality route from the M6 to the Port Of Felixstowe, the A604 between Kettering and Cambridge was upgraded and renumbered A14, including its spur from Huntington to Alconbury. Thus, this short section is now the A14 again, although it does not actually run on any part of the original.