Environment in the spotlight in UK’s biggest road upgrade

The biggest road upgrade under construction in the UK aims to leave a positive footprint on the local environment. Highways England’s £1.5 billion upgrade to the A14 between Cambridge and […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The biggest road upgrade under construction in the UK aims to leave a positive footprint on the local environment.

Highways England’s £1.5 billion upgrade to the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon will use renewable energy where possible and make the most of naturally-occurring materials on site to build the road.

The project team, which includes Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Skanska and Costain, are trialling hybrid generators, solar powered lights and hydrogen powered vehicles throughout the site.

Highways England adds 100% of the energy used across the project compounds comes from renewable energy sources, including wind and solar.

All the vegetation cleared ahead of construction starting, including trees felled, has either been used within the local community or sent to a biomass facility for energy production locally.

The team will also move protected species from the site to a newly created habitat the size of 269 rugby pitches around the new road and trees and rare wildflower seeds will be replanted on site once construction is complete.