Phase 1 of the Chisholm Trail on track to open by the end of the year

This article was published in 2021, in Magazine 152.

Chisholm Trail map (copyright Greater Cambridge Partnership)‘When will the Chisholm Trail be open?’ is one of the most common questions we’re asked and at last we have some good news!

At the beginning of September, Greater Cambridge Partnership Transport Director Peter Blake said in a meeting that ‘it is our expectation that the project will be completed as planned by the end of this calendar year’.

Jane and Jim Chisholm in front of the new Abbey-Chesterton bridge

There have been some supply chain pressures as experienced on other UK construction projects, but progress is being made on several sections of Phase 1 of the Trail: resurfacing of the Halingway towpath near the Abbey-Chesterton bridge and the paths on Coldham’s Common, the re-opening of the pavement and cycleways above the Newmarket Road underpass, and work on replacing the old culvert bridge over Coldham’s Brook. The last parts of Phase 1 are expected to be finished in November and we await a confirmed date for the opening after that.

Phase 2 is at detailed design stage and we continue to campaign for good links around Cambridge station and from side streets around this section. In August, Jim Chisholm met with Cllr Katie Thornburrow to highlight some of the improvements needed. Other campaigners have been sharing advice on inclusive designs for the Coldham’s Lane junction so that the route is safe and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.

Clockwise from top left: resurfacing of the Halingway link, new underpass beneath Newmarket Road, a widened path on Coldham’s Common, Jim Chisholm shows Cllr Thornburrow a potential link to the Trail.