The Big Picture

This article was published in 2021, in Magazine 151.

A female cyclist in pink jacket rides across the new jetty by the river Cam with the Abbey-Chesterton bridge in the backgroundRiverside Route Reopened

‘I feel as if I’ve been set free!’ said one cyclist we interviewed as the jetty link beneath the Abbey-Chesterton and rail bridges opened at the end of April. The popular connection between Stourbridge Common and Ditton Meadows (part of National Cycle Network route 51) had been closed since August 2019, so it’s good to see it open again and much improved with a smooth surface, better visibility and a striking sweep of cantilevered railings leaning out across the river. Even more excitingly, it’s one more step on the way to the opening of the Chisholm Trail. We’ll be able to ride on that bridge soon too …