Chisholm Trail Bridge LiftPublished: Wednesday, October 28, 2020
A milestone in the construction of the Chisholm Trail flagship cycling route is due to happen next month – the lift of the Abbey Chesterton Bridge.
The bridge – which measures more than 40m in length – will be lifted into place during the early hours of the 8 November 2020 and once Chisholm Trail Phase 1 is complete in Autumn 2021, it will enable thousands of cyclists, walkers and others to cross the River Cam.
The bridge installation marks a key step in the delivery of the Chisholm Trail – a joint project between the Greater Cambridge Partnership and Cambridgeshire County Council.
Cllr Roger Hickford, chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership and deputy leader of the county council, said:
“The lifting of the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge will be a real milestone in the construction of this wonderful project that has long been championed by the cycling community and councillors.
“We recognise there will be increased noise during this work and apologise for any disruption this will cause but once complete, the bridge and the trail will provide a safe, fast and attractive way for people to walk and cycle across the city to the railway stations and places of work and education.”
Once complete The Chisholm Trail will enable people to walk or ride on a mostly off-road and traffic-free route connecting Cambridge North to Cambridge Station, making it easier and safer to access jobs, education and green spaces.
Construction on the Abbey/Chesterton Bridge and the Chisholm Trail is being carried out by Tarmac and is expected to conclude in Autumn 2021 when the bridge and phase one route will be opened. It is now anticipated that works to create the new underpass of Newmarket Road will be carried out in Spring 2021.
For more information visit www.greatercambridge.org.uk/chisholm-trail