The biggest road project currently under construction in the UK is aiming to leave a positive footprint on the local environment once completed by the end of 2020. Highways England’s £1.5 billion upgrade to the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon will see the project team, comprised of Balfour Beatty, Carillion, Skanska and Costain, move protected species from the site to a newly created habitat the size of 269 rugby pitches (271 hectares) around the new road.
In addition to collecting rare wildflower seeds and specimens which will be sown once construction is complete, trees will be replanted on site at a ratio of two trees planted for every one felled. Environmental initiatives also include using renewable energy where possible, and making the most of naturally-occurring materials on site to build the road. Ecologists working on the project are caring for a range of protected species along the route including great crested newts, water voles, bats, breeding birds such as yellow wagtail, skylark, corn bunting and yellowhammer, and badgers. Read More