This article was published in 2007, in Newsletter 73.
As you’ll probably be aware by now, Long Road is closed for some six weeks until early September. When this ‘blitz’ total closure was proposed it was not clear whether pedestrians would be able to pass. A route is now being provided as part of the gantry required to carry services. At the time of writing it is uncertain if cycling will be permitted or if ‘cyclists dismount’ signs will be displayed: this may depend on the route width and the approaches. Although Cambridge Cycling Campaign might in other cases object to such limiting provision, we would do well to remember that despite much in the press about this disruption being for the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway, in fact the main use for this new underpass will be for a new cycle route from Trumpington to the rail station. (It’s also the service road for the bus track.) The guided buses themselves will use the existing disused rail bridge.
Next year, Hills Road
Next year there will be a much longer disruption at Hills Road bridge as this will be closed in two halves whilst the new route under the bridge for the guided bus and cycleway is constructed. I’ve been told that the plans include a temporary bridge for pedestrians and cyclists on the ‘closed’ half of the road. As the volumes of pedestrians and cyclists will be much greater here, and the time will be far longer, we will discuss with the County Council how this can be arranged to minimise disruption for cyclists and pedestrians.