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The Chisholm Trail is an exciting new walking and cycling route. It will create a mostly off-road and traffic-free route between Cambridge Station and Cambridge North Station. It will also link to the business and science parks in the north and to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Biomedical Campus in the south.
The Chisholm Trail will provide an important 3.5 km link in a 26 km walking and cycling route from St Ives to Trumpington and Addenbrooke’s.
The north-to-south route follows the railway line and will provide a quicker and safer route across Cambridge. It will be mainly off-road or along quiet streets and will link up green spaces in Cambridge including Coldham’s Common, the Leper Chapel Meadows, Barnwell Lake area, Ditton Meadows and Stourbridge Common.
Tarmac was contracted to build both Phase 1 of the GCP's Chisholm Trail foot and cycleway and the Cambridgeshire County Council-funded Abbey-Chesterton Bridge.
Phase 1 of the Chisholm Trail starts at Cambridge North Station and ends at Coldhams Lane and Phase 2 continues the route to Cambridge Station.
An exciting new walking and cycling route, creating a mostly off-road and traffic-free route between Cambridge Station and Cambridge North Station.
Between Cambridge Station and Cambridge North Station, a 3.5 kilometre route.
The project started in 2019.
Phase 1 was completed in 2022.
Phase 2 is expected to be completed in 2025.
The GCP has worked with Cambridgeshire County Council to deliver Phase 1 infrastructure, and will be delivering Phase 2, with some preparatory work already undertaken by Network Rail.
The trail will link to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Biomedical Campus in the south and to the business and science parks in the north, forming part of a 26 kilometre route from Trumpington and Addenbrooke's to St Ives. The central section from Cambridge Station to Cambridge North Station, thr Chisholm Trail, is a 3.5 kilometre route.
The north-to-south route, which closely follows the railway line, provides a quicker and safer route across Cambridge. It will be largely off-road or along quiet streets, avoiding busy junctions and will link up green spaces in Cambridge including Coldham’s Common, the Leper Chapel Meadows, Barnwell Lake area and Ditton Meadows (as well as Stourbridge Common beyond).
- Reduces congestion
- Links major employment locations and railway stations
- Creates quiet, mostly traffic-free routes
- Opens up more green spaces to the public
- Makes cycling a more attractive way to get to work
- Provides major health benefits through more walking and cycling
Chisholm Trail Phase 2
We are currently still in discussion with local landowners and stakeholders. We are awaiting the outcome of those conversations before we move forward with the scheme. We’d like to thank you for your patience while we carry out this work.
All works to Phase 1 of the Chisholm Trail were completed in July 2022, followijng the designs agreed by the GCP Executive Board. Some fencing along sections of the Trail will remain in place while the areas of plantation and grass establish themselves. These will be removed once the areas have been identified as being suitably mature.
A one-year landscaping contract has now commenced, which will ensure all vegetation is suitably cared for. Following this, alongside any remedial work, the scheme will be handed over to Cambridgeshire County Council, wherein the scheme will fall under their responsibility.
Once this has taken place this page will be updated.
Spring 2022 - GCP Executive Board decisions
On 17th March the GCP Executive Board resolved to:
• Endorse recommendations for public engagement on designs for Coldham’s Lane Junction, and Cromwell Road in summer 2022 to further inform the design.
• Endorse recommendations for public engagement on designs for Great Eastern Street Car Park in summer 2022 to further inform the design.
• Approve the land acquisition at Clifton Road.
• Approve plans for continued work in partnership with stakeholders and the landowners to develop a package of local mitigation to support the scheme.
• Approve the negotiation of land and rights required for the early delivery of the scheme including Compulsory Purchase and Side Road Orders as appropriate.
• Approve the further work on a Public Path Order to secure the links from Cromwell Road shops into the Timber Works development.
• Approve work for the further design of all other elements of the Chisholm Trail Phase 2.
The technical work to support this summer’s engagement on sections of the Trail is currently ongoing, and further details surrounding this will be communicated in due course.
Spring 2022 - Underpass Artwork
The Newmarket Road underpass has now been decorated with specially created designs linking places of historical and geographical significance, connecting the stories of the past to the present. The artwork was inspired by local history and community engagement events and activities under the artistic direction of Helen Weinstein of HistoryWorks, collaborating with their Poet-in-Residence, Michael Rosen, encouraging the participation of hundreds of children in primary schools, and community groups such as Abbey People and Cambridge United Community Trust.
The underpass artwork is based on the poetry and song co-created by Historyworks, and the design was produced by Paper Rhino after working closely not only with Historyworks, but also Cambridge Past Present and Future, who manage the Leper Chapel and Barnwell Meadows site.
The neighbourhood around the Chisholm Trail has a long and fascinating history which is reflected in the artwork, because it connects the River to the Leper Chapel again, the same as it was in medieval times, when the Cam was the main travel route for traders and produce. At one time the area was open countryside with a hospital for Lepers, the chapel that they used for worship is still in use today, 900 years later. The meadows were once the site of the famous Stourbridge Fair, which grew to become the largest medieval fair in Europe. In more modern times the area had industrial uses including brickworks, which created the lake near to the subway.
The basis of the design drew heavily upon the local history of the area and both designs feature extracts from poems written by Michael Rosen, following research of the area carried out by Historyworks. One of the poem lyrics incorporated in the design is called "Coldham's Common" and the other is called "Stourbridge Fair" . The latter has been set to music, and the song was learnt by the local primary children, at Fen Ditton Primary and Shirley Primary and Galfrid Primary, whose pupils participated by drawing pictures and writing their own poems and stories inspired by the landscape and history of the area. The schools and local community groups contributed also to chose the emblems, such as the garlic of 'garlic row' to represent the goods sold at Stourbridge Fair that can be viewed in the design of the underpass artwork.
The vinyl artwork that has been installed consists of materials that are hardwearing and contain anti-graffiti properties, meaning any graffiti can easily be removed without causing any damage to the artwork.
The map below is a representation of the proposed walking and cycling route