This article was published in 2005, in Newsletter 60.
Major improvements are to start soon on the Coton Path which runs between Adams Road in West Cambridge and Coton. The section between the Cavendish Laboratory and the M11 bridge is to be completely resurfaced and widened to 2m. The barbed wire fencing that runs alongside will be replaced with a more attractive wooden post and rail fence. This will be a huge improvement on the existing very narrow and bumpy path, though the widened path will still be narrower than the existing path between Adams Road and the Cavendish. Cambridge City Council tells us that providing a wider path was not possible because it would require the use of private land and on one section affects a wildlife reserve.
The government has funded these improvements in order to improve access to the new Coton ‘countryside reserve.’
Construction works will require the complete closure of the path between the Cavendish Laboratory and the M11 bridge for 6-8 weeks starting in the week beginning 23 May. An official diversionary route will be signposted via Clerk Maxwell Road, Madingley Road and the bridleway along the eastern side of the motorway, though a much shorter alternative would be to cut through the private land of the University West Cambridge site.
The eastern end of the path from Adams Road to the Cavendish Laboratory, which is already quite a good standard, will be unaffected. This is to be further improved by the University at a later date as part of its planning obligations for the West Cambridge development.