Chisholm Trail work to focus on creation of new underpass

Chisholm Trail work to focus on creation of new underpass

Published: Monday, February 22, 2021

Construction on phase one of the flagship Chisholm Trail project will soon focus on the creation of a new underpass at Newmarket Road.

To enable this work to be carried out safely, Newmarket Road will be closed to all motorists, cyclists and pedestrians between 8pm on Friday 26 March and 6am on Friday 2 April.

Further overnight closures will also be required during the construction of the underpass and we will update residents about the dates when they are confirmed. A diversion via Coldhams Lane and Barnwell Road will be in place during all closures.

A separate diversion will be in place for cyclists across Coldhams Common, with a free shuttle bus to be put in place for pedestrians who are unable to use the diversion.

After working with Stagecoach, buses that currently use Newmarket Road will be diverted. The bus stops on Newmarket Road between Coldhams Lane Junction and the McDonalds roundabout will be temporarily suspended.

Work is expected to conclude on the underpass in September.

Cllr Roger Hickford, Chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s Executive Board and Deputy Leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said:

“The new underpass at Newmarket Road is a vital part of the flagship Chisholm Trail route. The introduction of the underpass will help to improve traffic flow and make it safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists to cross this busy road without using the pelican crossing.

“We understand the Newmarket Road closure will be an inconvenience to the people who live or travel along it, and I thank people for their patience while we carry out this work which will significantly improve cycling and walking journeys in the long term.”

The Abbey Chesterton Bridge and Chisholm Trail is a joint project between the Greater Cambridge Partnership and Cambridgeshire County Council.

The trail will create a mostly off-road and traffic-free route between the two railway stations. For more information visit

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