Chisholm Trail Background

Abbey-Chesterton Bridge visualisation riverbank


In Chesterton, the Trail will access the new station via Moss Bank and join up with the track alongside the Busway.

  • The existing towpath along the river would be resurfaced and widened in this area.
  • A new bridge close to the existing railway bridge would allow the Trail to continue across the river. Known currently as the ‘Abbey-Chesterton bridge’, this £4.5m project is funded separately. Planning permission for the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge was granted in February 2017.
  • The existing narrow wooden jetty under the railway bridge will be widened. This will not hamper rowing.
  • On Ditton Meadows a path would follow the field boundary by the railway line.
A stylised map showing the proposed Chisholm Trail route; from Cambridge North Station, across the new Bridge at Ditton Meadows and on to a new underpass at Newmarket Rd, across Coldhams Common, then down to Cambridge Railway Station


  • The route would follow the stream to the Leper Chapel, Cambridge’s oldest complete building, on land owned by Cambridge Past, Present and Future.
  • A new underpass below Newmarket Road would be needed to ensure a safe and direct crossing for Trail users whilst not impacting on traffic on this key bus route. Given the historical significance of the area the underpass would be carefully designed to reflect its surroundings.
  • The area around Barnwell Lake has potential to be developed for public access. Possible options include improved car parking, access for disabled people or a café, subject to planning permission.


  • The path across the Common would be upgraded and widened. The sight lines around the existing underpass would be improved. There are opportunities for landscaping, planting and habitat creation in this area.
  • A new crossing point may be needed on Coldhams Lane.


  • When the Trail reaches Coldhams Lane, cyclists can choose to cross Coldhams Lane Bridge and continue their journey on very low traffic streets to the north of the railway line. Cyclists can access the Beehive Centre, York Street, Ainsworth Street, Hooper Street and the area next to the Mill Road Depot site.
  • Access to the proposed path along the railway line on Network Rail land is through the Ridgeons’ site which is soon to be developed, and the adjoining Network Rail land. Parking would be unaffected and there are opportunities for improvements such as road resurfacing and planting.


  • The proposal is to continue the path through the currently unused arches of Mill Road Bridge on both northern and southern sides, avoiding on road hazards. The route would run between the railway line and boundary fencing along tracks that are currently used for works vehicles. In this area, fencing and new gates for Network Rail maintenance access will be needed to ensure safety.
  • The cycleways on both sides of the railway line in this area would be around 4m wide, with occasional widenings and narrowings. On the southern side a new ramp might be needed to join the Trail to the Carter Bridge. Accesses to the Trail could be created from William Smith Close and Argyle Street.
  • The southern Busway and Trumpington Park & Ride are reached across the new Station Square.


Chisholm Trail report-Joint Assembly March 2019

Published on 15 Jan 2020


Published on 11 Nov 2019


Published on 11 Nov 2019


Published on 11 Nov 2019

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