Chisholm Trail

Map overview of Chisholm Trail


The Chisholm Trail is 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. 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).

Contracts were awarded to Tarmac for construction of both the Greater Cambridge Partnership's Chisholm Trail foot and cycleway (Phase 1) and the Cambridgeshire County Council funded Abbey-Chesterton Bridge last last year.

A start of works ceremony was held on 8 March 2019 on Ditton Meadows. Temporary metal fencing now encloses the areas of work on Ditton Meadows and a site office has been constructed off Ditton Walk. Works to date include the creation of a 350m 'haul road' to the bridge construction area.

Phase One covers the area from Cambridge North Station to Coldham's Lane and links up green spaces in the north of the city creating an off-road route between Stourbridge Common, Ditton Meadows, the Leper Chapel, Barnwell Lakes and Coldham's Common.


Work is continuing to deliver phase 1 of the Chisholm Trail by the end of the year, including the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge. To meet this opening date for phase 1 there are a few key activities that we need to complete.

They include -

1. Final works on the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge and jetty

On Monday 25th October at 8am the jetty linking Stourbridge Common with Ditton Fields will close for 5 days in order to allow the installation of bird mesh on the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge and undertake final safety checks. This mesh will be used on the Bearing Plate only on each side of the bridge and is been installed to prevent damage being caused to the new bridge.

The jetty will reopen on Friday 29th October at 5pm.

The works have been scheduled for half-term week to minimise disruption.

2. Fen Road safety improvements

Work will start on Monday 25th October to carry out the safety improvements to Fen Road which are planned as part of the Chisholm Trail.

The work is expected to take 6 weeks and is due to be completed by early December. 

The work will be daytime only and will require the use of temporary traffic lights so that we can upgrade the crossing safely.

Further information relating to the safety improvements 

The Greater Cambridge Partnership and Cambridgeshire County Council are planning to make some safety improvements to Fen Road as part of the construction of the Chisholm Trail.

The map attached shows the work that we are planning to carry out. There are 4 parts to the safety improvements we are undertaking.

They are; -

  1. The path between number 34 and 46 Fen Road, which links the riverside tow path with Fen Road, will be upgraded.
  2. A new crossing point on Fen Road will be installed opposite the towpath link which will make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians to cross Fen Road.
  3. The Cheney Way junction will be improved to make it safer for cyclists and pedestrians.
  4. A new two-way wider shared cycle and pedestrians’ path will be installed between the new Fen Road crossing and Moss Bank.

Given the increase in cycle traffic that may occur along Fen Road when the Chisholm Trail is open, we are installing these safety improvements to make it easier for pedestrians and cycles to cross both Fen Road and Cheney Way. The new layout of both junctions will also slow motor traffic on the two roads making it safer for all users.

While we are working on these safety improvements, there may be times when we must install temporary traffic lights. We are not planning to close the road while we do this work. The works will take place between 9.30am and 3.30pm during the working week.

If you would like more information please email us at, or alternatively you can call us on 01223 699906.

Simplified plan of the Fen Road safety improvements as explained in website text.


Work to other parts of the Trail are now complete, including the removal of the traffic management measures on Newmarket Road which were needed to install the underpass. All footways are now open for public use and Newmarket Road has now been resurfaced in that section. 

Work on the Northern Towpath alongside the River Cam has also now been finished and the towpath is now back open for public use. 

In June and August Newmarket Road was closed to install the head beams for the underpass and to asphalt and resurface the road.

Once complete, the underpass will provide quicker and safer journeys for pedestrians and cyclists. It will also improve traffic flows on Newmarket Road, as people will no longer need to cross using the signalled pedestrian crossing on Newmarket Road when using the Trail.

Phase 1 Chisholm Trail tube map


Phase 1 of the Chisholm Trail is approaching completion, and we have now started the planning work for Phase 2.

During this early design review stage, we are starting to talk to landowners and stakeholders. We will need their agreement to build phase 2 of the Trail as we will require access to land owned by Network Rail and others in order for the Trail to be completed.

We are also starting to look at the design elements of the Trail including improving the on road sections, which junctions need improving, and how we link the parts of the Trail that are close to the railway line with the other sections.

We want to deliver phase 2 as quickly as possible. The best way to do this is to deliver sections as the land that we need becomes available, rather than wait for everything to be agreed before we start.

Phase 2 Chisholm Trail tube map

Chisholm Trail Maps

Chisholm Trail overview map

Published on 28 Jul 2021

Chisholm Trail line map phase 1

Published on 28 Jul 2021

Chisholm Trail line map phase 2

Published on 28 Jul 2021

Fen Road safety improvements

Published on 01 Oct 2021


The map (above right) is a representation of the proposed walking and cycling route including possible access points. The off-road sections are shown in orange and the on-road sections are shown in purple.

The Trail would make it easier for students cycling to Cambridge Regional College, for commuters arriving at the planned Cambridge North Station to walk to workplaces south of the river and for workers to travel between the Science Park, Business Park, Addenbrooke’s and the Biomedical Campus. It also links to leisure facilities like Cambridge Leisure Park and Abbey Pool.

Read more about the Chisholm Trail project background

Chisholm Trail Gallery

Head beam for the underpass being lifted into place


Updates on the project are available via subscription to the the Greater Cambridge Partnership's e-news bulletins and emails.

A Local Liaison Forum (LLF) has been set up for this project to provide  dialogue between the project team and members of the local community. The Forum enables local communities to keep up to date and to have their say outside of formal consultation processes. The LLFs are open to the public.


The scheme will benefit residents, students and commuters by improving access to key locations and easing congestion on these routes

  • Cutting Congestion
  • Quick, direct route linking major employment and railway stations
  • Quiet, mostly motor traffic-free routes
  • Opens up currently private green spaces to the public
  • Makes cycling a more attractive way to get to work
  • Provides major health benefits
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