From the Midlands to Felixstowe, the A14 is a conga line of container lorries across East Anglia. It may look like a backwater, a jumbled, twisting dual carriageway of market towns and gentle countryside, but it might actually be one of the most economically important roads in the UK.

The A14 raises all sorts of questions. One of them is, how did we survive for so long without it? 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. And yet it didn't exist in any coherent form until about 1992 when the A14 popped into existence.

Most of the route is a mongrel collection of bits of dual carriageway poached from other roads (most notably the A45) and the occasional bit of new road to bolt it all together. Most of the key interchanges are, therefore, the wrong way round and the A14 uses them to turn a corner, causing furrowed brows and idling engines on a daily basis.

That raises the other question about the A14: how do we manage with a road that is clearly so bad at its job? Because of its varied heritage the road is narrow, badly aligned and mostly not actually built to do what it now does. The culprit, ultimately at the bottom of both questions, is the sudden rise in container shipping, and Felixstowe is the UK's principal container port. The A14 is the road between Felixstowe and everywhere else.

Before 1992 the A14 was a back road linking the A10 at Royston to the A1 at Alconbury, via Papworth Everard and Godmanchester. Today this road is the A1198, which connects to the A14 at junction 24. The only bit of the current A14 that follows the number's original route is the spur that links junction 23 to the A1.

Start
Rugby
End
Felixstowe
Passes
Kettering, Huntingdon, Cambridge, Newmarket, Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich
Connects to
Length
129 miles

Exit list

Junction   Westbound               Eastbound  
M1 J19
0.0 km
The NORTH WEST
Coventry
M6 Link
The NORTH
Nottingham
M1 Link



M1
WEST
M6



M1
N/A
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes Signs LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes Signs
6 miles, 2 lanes 6 miles, 2 lanes
1
10.2 km
Spratton
Husbands Bosworth
A5199
A5199 A5199 Spratton
Husbands Bosworth
A5199
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
5 miles, 2 lanes 5 miles, 2 lanes
2
18.4 km
Brixworth
A508
A508 A508 Market Harborough
Northampton
Brixworth
A508
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
4.5 miles, 2 lanes 4.5 miles, 2 lanes
3
25.7 km
Market Harborough
Leicester
A6

A6
B576
Market Harborough
Desborough
B576
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes  
4
26.8 km
Rothwell
Desborough
(B576)
(B576)
LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
5
27.6 km
Rothwell Lodge
Services Rothwell
Rothwell Lodge
Services Rothwell
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
6
29.2 km
Rothwell Grange Rothwell Grange
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes 0.5 miles, 2 lanes
7
30.2 km
Corby
Melton Mowbray
A43
A43

A4300
Corby
Stamford
A43
Kettering
A4300
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 3 lanes 1.5 miles, 3 lanes
8
32.2 km
Northampton
Broughton
A43
A43 A6103 Broughton
A43
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 3 lanes 2 miles, 3 lanes
9
35.4 km
Wellingborough
Milton Keynes
A509


A509
A509


Wellingborough
Milton Keynes
A509
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
10
37.5 km
Rushden
A6
Kettering
A6003
A6 A6003 Rushden
Bedford
Finedon
A6
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2.5 miles, 2 lanes 2.5 miles, 2 lanes
11
41.8 km
Finedon
Cranford
A510
A510 Cranford
A510
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2.5 miles, 2 lanes 2.5 miles, 2 lanes
12
46.6 km
Brigstock
Corby
A6116
A6116 Brigstock
Corby
A6116
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
13
48.9 km
Rushden
Northampton
A45
A45

A605
Peterborough
Oundle
A605
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes  
49.9 km Denford Ash
LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
14
50.8 km
Titchmarsh Titchmarsh
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
51.9 km Coales Lodge
Coales Lodge
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
15
53.9 km
Keyston
Bythorn
B663


B663

B663


Keyston
Bythorn
B663
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
16
58.1 km
Kimbolton
Catworth
B660
B660 B663
B660

Kimbolton
Catworth
B660
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
17
60.2 km
Leighton Bromswold Leighton Bromswold
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
18
62.2 km
Spaldwick
LanesLanesLanesLanes
   
18
63.2 km
Spaldwick
LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.5 miles, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
19
64.1 km
Easton Easton
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
0.1 miles, 2 lanes 0.1 miles, 2 lanes
64.5 km Woolley Woolley
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
20
65.9 km
Ellington
Grafham
Ellington
Grafham
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
21
68 km
(A1)
(A141)
The NORTH
Peterborough
London (C & W)
A1 Link
Huntingdon A141
LanesLanesLanesLanes
  2 miles, 2 lanes
22
70 km
The NORTH
Peterborough
A1 Link
A1 A1
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
10 miles, 3 lanes 4 miles, 3 lanes
23
77.6 km
A1198 A1198 St Ives
Royston
Godmanchester
A1198
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
  6 miles, 3 lanes
24
88.1 km
Godmanchester
St Ives
Swavesey
A1307
Boxworth
Services Cambridge
A1307

A1307
Fenstanton
A1307
Swavesey
Lolworth
Services Cambridge
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2.1 miles, 3 lanes 2.1 miles, 3 lanes
25
91.3 km
Bar Hill
Longstanton
Dry Drayton
B1050
B1050 A1307

B1050

A1307
Bar Hill
Longstanton
Dry Drayton
B1050
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2.5 miles, 4 lanes 2.5 miles, 4 lanes
26
95 km
London
Stansted Airport
M11 Link
St Neots
Bedford
A428
A1307

A428

M11

A1307
London
Stansted Airport
M11 Link
Cambridge
A1307
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 3 lanes 2 miles, 3 lanes
32
99.3 km
Histon
B1049
B1049 B1049 Histon
B1049
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
33
101.3 km
Milton
Ely
A10
A1309 A10


Milton
Ely
A10
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
34
103.4 km
B1047 Fen Ditton
Cambridge Airport
B1047
LanesLanesLanesLanes
  2 miles, 2 lanes
35
106.5 km
Fen Ditton
Cambridge & Airport
A1303
A1303 A1303 Stow Cum Quy
Bottisham
A1303
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
4 miles, 2 lanes 4 miles, 2 lanes
36
113.2 km
London
Stansted Airport
A11 Link
A1303

A11
A1303


LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
5 miles, 3 lanes 5 miles, 3 lanes
37
121.4 km
Newmarket
Soham
Ely
A142
A142 A142 Newmarket
Soham
Ely
A142
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
2.5 miles, 3 lanes 2.5 miles, 3 lanes
38
125 km
A1304




A11
Thetford
Norwich
A11 Link
LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanesLanes
3 miles, 2 lanes  
39
130.6 km
Kentford
B1506
B1506
LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 4.5 miles, 2 lanes
40
133.1 km
Barrow
Tuddenham
Barrow
Tuddenham
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3 miles, 2 lanes 3 miles, 2 lanes
41
136.6 km
Risby
Burthorpe
Risby
Burthorpe
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
42
141.1 km
Fornham
B1106
A1302 B1106 Bury St Edmunds
A1302
Fornham
B1106
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
43
144.6 km
Thetford
(A134)
Bury St Edmunds
A1302
A1302 A143
(A134)
Diss
A143
Bury St Edmunds
A1302
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
44
146.6 km
Sudbury
Braintree
A134
A134 Sudbury
Braintree
A134
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
45
150.1 km
Blackthorpe Blackthorpe
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
151.2 km Home Farm Home Farm
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
46
153.2 km
Beyton
Thurston
LanesLanesLanesLanes
   
46
154.6 km
Beyton
Thurston
LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes  
156.7 km
  2.5 miles, 2 lanes
47
158.2 km
Elmswell
Woolpit
Ixworth
A1088
A1088 Elmswell
Woolpit
Ixworth
A1088
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
4 miles, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
47A
158.7 km
Wetherden
LanesLanesLanesLanes
  3 miles, 2 lanes
49
165 km
Haughley
Wetherden
A1308 Haughley
Stowmarket
A1308
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3 miles, 2 lanes 3 miles, 2 lanes
50
169.1 km
Stowmarket
Combs Ford
Stowupland
A1120
A1120 A1120 Combs Ford
Stowupland
The Stonhams
A1120
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
4 miles, 2 lanes 4 miles, 2 lanes
51
175.2 km
Diss
The Stonhams
A140
Needham Market
B1078
B1078 A140 Needham Market
B1078
Diss
A140
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3 miles, 2 lanes 3 miles, 2 lanes
52
180.6 km
Claydon
Great Blakenham
B1113
B1113 Claydon
Great Blakenham
B1113
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
53
182.6 km
Whitton
A1156
A1156 Ipswich
Whitton
A1156
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1.5 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
54
185.2 km
Sproughton
(B1113)
Westbourne
(B1067)
(B1113) (B1067) Sproughton
(B1113)
Westbourne
(B1067)
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2.5 miles, 2 lanes 2.5 miles, 2 lanes
55
188.6 km
Colchester
Harwich
London
A12 Link
A12 A1214 Colchester
Harwich
London
A12 Link
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
56
191.8 km
Manningtree
Tattingstone
A137
A137 A137 Manningtree
Tattingstone
A137
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3.5 miles, 2 lanes  
River or canal Orwell River or canal Orwell
  3.5 miles, 2 lanes
57
196.6 km
Nacton
Priory Heath
A1189
A1189


Nacton
Priory Heath
A1189
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
58
200.1 km
Lowestoft
Woodbridge
A12
Ipswich
A1156
A1156 A12 Lowestoft
Woodbridge
A12
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
203.4 km Levington Kirton
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes  
204.7 km
  2 miles, 2 lanes
59
206.1 km
Trimley St Martin
Trimley St Mary
Trimley St Martin
Trimley St Mary
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
60
208 km
Felixstowe
A154
A154 Felixstowe
A154
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
61
209.9 km

A154
Docks (W) Vehicle Ferry
A154
LanesLanesLanesLanes
  0.5 miles, 2 lanes
62
211 km
N/A A154







A154
EAST
Local access
Felixstowe
Seashore
A154
Docks (E) Vehicle Ferry
Docks (W) Vehicle Ferry
A154
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
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