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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TL0178 : Layby on the Eastbound A14 near Thrapston by David Dixon
TL9163 : Bridge over Westbound A14 by David Dixon
TL0177 : Eastbound A14 approaching Junction 14 by David Dixon
TL2168 : New bridge over the Great Ouse under construction by Tiger
TM1349 : Northbound A14, Approaching Junction 52 (Claydon) by David Dixon
TL9961 : Westbound A14, Wood Road Bridge by David Dixon
TL6365 : A14 westbound towards Cambridge by JThomas
SP9778 : Eastbound A14 near Woodford by David Dixon
TL3267 : Westbound A14, Fenstanton by David Dixon
SP7879 : Layby, Eastbound A14 by David Dixon
TL9463 : Eastbound A14 by David Dixon
TL9063 : Rougham Downs, Westbound A14 by David Dixon
TL8565 : A14, Railbridge and Junction 43 (Bury St Edmunds) by David Dixon
TL2272 : Westbound A14 Nearing Spittals Junction (J23) by David Dixon
TM1941 : Eastbound A14, Junction 57 (Nacton Interchange) by David Dixon
TL8664 : A14 Cycleway Bridge, Bury St Edmunds by David Dixon
SP7679 : Eastbound A14 near Warth Lodge by David Dixon
TL9263 : Westbound, Layby A14 near Beyton by David Dixon
TM1242 : A14 Northbound at Copdock by David Dixon
TL5659 : Westbound A14, Spring Hall Farm Bridge by David Dixon
TM0261 : Westbound A14, Layby near Gallows Fields by David Dixon
TM0559 : Layby on Westbound A14 near Stowmarket by David Dixon
SP7478 : Emergency Refuge Area, eastbound A14 by David Dixon
TL0476 : Eastbound A14 near Keyston by David Dixon
TL6163 : Newmarket Bypass (A14) by David Dixon

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

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