Residents and businesses are being urged to have their say on ambitious plans for a traffic-free walking and cycling route, linking the north and the south of Cambridge.

The Greater Cambridge City Deal are calling for views on this new route, known as the Chisholm Trail, which would create safer and faster ways of getting between homes and business across the city, from the Science Park to the Biomedical Campus. The route would also link Cambridge™s green spaces and improve connections between workplaces, offering an alternative route across the city.

All properties on the route are being leafleted sharing plan details and seeking their comments.

By creating better and safer cycling and walking routes the City Deal Team will encourage more people out of their cars and onto their bikes or walking. It will also mean improved routes for Cambridge™s large cycling and walking population.

Improving these transport links is vital for the continuing economic success of the Greater Cambridge area and reducing congestion while improving health through increased exercise and reduced pollution.

The Trail joins up to the Busway and is the final piece in the jigsaw enabling a dedicated and seamless route for walkers and cyclists all the way from St Ives to Trumpington. The Trail is also a vital link to the planned Cambridge North Station. The proposed route also joins Ditton Meadows, land near the Leper Chapel and Coldham™s Common before making use of Mill Road Bridge™s currently blocked arches and running alongside the railway line to Cambridge Station. An underpass for Newmarket Road is also proposed.

Short on-road sections include York Street, Ainsworth Street and Hooper Street on the northern side of the rail line and Cromwell Road or Brampton Road to the south. All these roads have low levels of traffic. The plans do not affect parking although improvements like resurfacing and planting are being considered.

Potential green spaces linked up via the route include Gonville and Caius™ Ditton Meadows, Cambridge Past, Present and Future™s Leper Chapel meadows, the privately owned Barnwell Lake area and Coldham™s Common. There would also be a link to Stourbridge Common via the boardwalk under the railway bridge. The existing wooden structure could be replaced and widened.

The route also includes the proposed Abbey-Chesterton Bridge, although the bridge itself is a separate project, under consideration by the County Council™s Economy and Environment Committee and subject to a separate planning application. This means the Abbey to Chesterton Bridge is not part of the consultation and has been consulted on separately.

Councillor Lewis Herbert, Chair of the Greater Cambridge City Deal Executive Board, said: œThe Chisholm Trail will transform daily cycling options by filling the gap for a north south route largely away from overloaded, often narrow main roads. As the Greater Cambridge area develops, we want to make travelling easier and more reliable to avoid increasing congestion and make cycling safer, a better ride, and more fun. We know about the hold-ups people currently have travelling around Cambridge. We want to hear people™s views on these proposals which have been a long term ambition in Cambridge for many years. These are proposals at the moment and may change as we hear people™s views.

œThe City Deal offers an opportunity to make a real, long-term difference through realistic proposals. We want to economic success of Cambridge to continue with more businesses moving here, creating more jobs. The City Deal is an ambitious programme to help the economy to grow over the coming decades by providing the transport infrastructure, housing and skills the area needs.

The Chisholm Trail Consultation runs from Monday 19 October to Monday 30 November 2015. Members of the public can find out more online here, or at a public exhibition.

 

 Date  Time  Location
Tuesday 10 November   5pm - 8pm Foyer, Anglia Ruskin University,
East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT
Wednesday 11 November  4.30pm - 8.30pm Abbey Stadium,
Newmarket Road, Cambridge,
CB5 8LN
 Tuesday 17 November   5pm - 8pm Nuffield Gym,
213 Cromwell Road, Cambridge,
CB1 3BA
 Thursday 19 November   6pm - 8.30pm Shirley Primary School
Nuffield Road, Cambridge, CB4 1TF



City Deal Executives are also encouraging the public to get involved on social media and join in the conversation at www.facebook.com/citydeal and www.twitter.com/gccitydeal.  

 

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