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Chisholm Trail works to start this week.

Published: Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Enabling works for one of the most ambitious cycling and walking projects in Cambridge to date, the Chisholm Trail, starts this week.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership funded walking and cycling path will run down the east side of the city linking many of Cambridge’s most picturesque greenspaces, both Cambridge’s rail stations, the Beehive Centre, as well as key employment and residential areas. 

Construction works on the Abbey Chesterton Bridge, a County Council scheme, which extends the route over the river Cam linking Cambridge North station, is planned to start in conjunction with the Chisholm Trail in spring.

The preparatory works starting this week will be conducted by Anglia Tree Contractors & Landscaping, a subcontractor of Skanska on behalf of the Greater Cambridge Partnership. This work will be taking place along the former Mildenhall railway line and either side of the river Cam where the new bridge lands.

The work on the project that was being undertaken by Carillion and Tarmac Joint Venture will be carrying on as usual. The Greater Cambridge Partnership have had discussions with directors from both companies forming the joint venture and have received reassurances that the project will not be delayed as a result of the Carillion collapse.

Cllr Noe Kavanagh, Chair of the Chisholm Trail Local Liaison Forum and Cycling Champion for Cambridgeshire County Council said:

“It’s exciting that after all the planning and hard work to get us to this stage, we will start to see some activity on site.

The Chisholm Trail and Abbey Chesterton Bridge is expected to make a big difference to people travelling around Cambridge on foot and by bicycle and we expect the quality of the scheme will encourage more people to leave their cars at home.

The Abbey Chesterton Bridge over the River Cam will improve access for many in the east of the city travelling towards the Science Park and beyond, via excellent transport links with Cambridge North Station and the guided Busway.”