Published: Friday, July 21, 2017
The first phase of a new ‘super cycleway’ for Cambridge this week has been given the go ahead.
The Chisholm Trail, which has long been championed by the local community, will create a brand new, and mostly off-road, walking and cycling route, linking the Science Park and Addenbrooke’s.
Together with the new Abbey Chesterton Bridge, which was also recently granted planning permission, it will vastly improve foot and cycle access to places such as the Cambridge North Station, the Retail Park and south to Cambridge Biomedical Campus – giving safe passage through green spaces along its route. Construction of the project, costing £8.4m, is expected to take place in phases over the next two to five years.
The first phase, between the River Cam and Coldham’s Lane, was granted planning permission unanimously by members representing the City, South Cambs and the County Councils at the Joint Development Control Committee on Wednesday, July 19.
The move has been welcomed by chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, which is funding the scheme:
"With this vital planning approval, we are on course to deliver Jim Chisholm's visionary plan for a cross-city cycling highway. This will create a wonderful route both for regular journeys, but also for weekend outings, enabling cyclists and also pedestrians to discover that Cambridge has amazing places to visit way beyond our historic centre." said Councillor Lewis Herbert, Leader of Cambridge City Council.
The north-to-south trail, which closely follows the railway line, will be built in phases and is expected to be completed over a period of three to five years.
As part of the plans through phase one of the works, a package of positive measures have been put in place that will ensure impacts to wildlife in the area are kept to a minimum.
The Abbey-Chesterton Bridge project, led by Cambridgeshire County Council, is funded from a Cycle City Ambition grant and developer contributions at a cost of £4.3m.