Newmarket road traffic: Cambridge main road will be closed overnight this weekend
Work on a new pedestrian route through the city will close Newmarket Road overnight on Saturday August 7.
The road will be closed between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. to work on an underground passage under the road.
An emergency closure from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Sunday August 8 is also in place, in the event of an unforeseen delay.
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Detour routes will be put in place for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.
For car traffic, a signposted detour route via Coldhams Lane is in place, and cyclists and pedestrians can enter Coldhams Common or via Ditton Meadows using the jetty path.
If you are taking the bus, the timetables for bus services in the area may be subject to change, so passengers are advised to check their itinerary directly with Stagecoach for the most recent information.
This is the second time Newmarket Road has been closed due to the project, as it was closed to all traffic for an entire week between 8 p.m. on March 26 and 6 a.m. on April 2.
Chisholm Trail will be a new cycle and walking path between Cambridge Station and Cambridge North Station, connecting Addenbrooke Hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus to the south and the business and science parks to the north of the city.
The trail was designed to be largely off-road or along quieter streets, avoiding the busy junctions and heavy traffic of Newmarket Road.
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It will also connect green spaces in Cambridge, including Coldhams Common and the Barnwell Lake area.
The first phase of work is nearing completion and preparations for the second phase are underway.
This will include discussions with landowners and stakeholders during a first stage of design review and consideration of trail design elements.
The work will be carried out as sections of land become available in order to deliver phase two as quickly as possible, while minimizing travel disruptions.
The first phase of the project involves upgrading the north towpath through the new Abbey-Chesterton Bridge, meaning that the towpath will be closed between July 26 and August 20, and then for two weeks between August 30 and August 20. September 10.
On May 31, a jetty along the River Cam was opened as part of the project, connecting the trail between Stourbridge Common and Ditton Meadows.
The trail is not without controversy however; a report to Cambridgeshire County Council’s Highways and Transport Committee in November 2020 found that the cost of delivering the first phase of the road, including the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge, had increased from around £ 14million sterling to £ 21million.
The report says the pace at which work started on the project played a role in the underestimation of costs in the early stages, with “limited preparatory work” resulting in additional costs and delays.
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