Cambridge Cycling Campaign welcomes the launch this week of the Chisholm Trail consultation as part of the Greater Cambridge City Deal.
For the first time this consultation provides the critical details of the Trail and its connections. The Trail will provide 5km of mostly off-road cycling routes that will connect the Cambridge Railway station in the south to the new station in the North. From both ends the trail will connect with Busway cycle paths thus establishing nearly 15 miles (24 km) of safe and convenient cycling out to the Necklace villages of Cambridgeshire.
The route was first proposed by campaign member, Jim Chisholm in 1998. Jim Chisholm said “It is very humbling that the route now seems to bear my name. I’m sure that, once complete, many will be regularly cycling or walking part of the route.”
The campaign urges local residents and businesses to take part in the consultation. There are four public events where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions of the council officers who are managing the project. Consultation can also be done via the online survey found at www.gccitydeal.co.uk/chisholm
Robin Heydon, Chairman of the Cambridge Cycling Campaign, said: “With this route, cycling from Cambridge Business Park to a specialist unit on Clifton Road, a relaxing walk on Ditton Meadows, or to visit an event at the Leper Chapel would all be possible within a lunch hour.”
The route provides many benefits.
The two links under Mill Road by the bridge will make cycling and walking in the area more pleasant as well as reducing delays to other traffic.
A new foot and cycle bridge over the Cam adjacent to the existing railway bridge will provide access to jobs and services in the Science Park area to places like Abbey and Teversham, and access to jobs at the Airport and beyond to people living in the northern necklace villages.
The route should also provide a new underpass beneath Newmarket Road, enabling outstanding access to the Leper chapel, one of Cambridge’s hidden gems.
A critical part of the Trail is however, not part of the City Deal funding. The Abbey-Chesterton Bridge requires funding from other sources and will be decided by the Economy and Environment committee. To ensure this crucial link for the Trail, the Campaign launched a petition to show the level of local support, which reached over 1000 signatures within a week. The petition is still open and can be signed here: http://epetition.cambridgeshire.public-i.tv/epetition_core/community/petition/3282