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Project Summary

The Chisholm Trail is an exciting new walking and cycling route. It will create a mostly off-road and traffic free route between Cambridge Rail Station and the new Cambridge North Rail 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 has been 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 Rail station.

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Chisholm-Trail-phase-2-line-map

What:

An exciting new walking and cycling route, creating a mostly off-road and traffic-free route between Cambridge Station and the new Cambridge North Station. 

Where:

Between Cambridge Central Railway Station and Cambridge North Railway Station, this section is a 3.5 kilometre route.

When:

The project started in 2019.

Phase 1 is expected to be completed in 2021

Phase 2 is expected to be completed in 2022

Who:

The GCP has worked with Cambridgeshire County Council to deliver the Phase 1 infrastructure, and will be delivering Phase 2, with some preparatory work already undertaken by Network Rail.

Why:

It will link to Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Biomedical Campus in the south and to the business and science parks in the north. In all the full trail provides a 26 kilometre route from Trumpington and Addenbrookes to St Ives. The central section from Cambridge Central Railway Station to Cambridge North Railway Station, which this project deals with, 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 would be largely off-road or along quiet streets, avoiding busy junctions and would link up green spaces in Cambridge including: Coldham’s Common, the Leper Chapel Meadows and Barnwell Lake area, with Ditton Meadows (as well as Stourbridge Common beyond).

Benefits

  • Reduces congestion
  • Links major employment and rail 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

Background

The map below is a representation of the proposed walking and cycling route

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