The Chisholm Trail is a new cycle and pedestrian route proposed for funding by the Greater Cambridge City Deal. It will run between the existing train station and the new (‘Cambridge North’) station at Chesterton, and will provide residents of Petersfield a quicker and safer route:
- Under Mill Road, re-using ‘spare’ railway arches under the bridge. There will be a new cycle/footpath from Mill Road to the station car park, running alongside the railway lines.
- To Ditton Meadows and Stourbridge Common, via a new tunnel under Newmarket Road at the Leper Chapel.
- To Cambridge North station, Cambridge Business Park and Cambridge Science Park, via a new bridge over the Cam, next to the existing railway bridge.
A public consultation on the route runs until 30 November.
SoPRA’s response to consultation
We are strongly supportive of the Chisholm Trail as it will provide considerable convenience and safety for residents of South Petersfield and visitors. Not having to cross Mill Road at the busy and dangerous crossing at Devonshire Road and Kingston Street will be a particular relief to parents with young children (many of whom attend St Matthew’s Primary School to the north). For residents who work at the business parks on the northern fringe of the city, cycling to work will become considerably more attractive.
Of particular relevance to us are the connections to the western route from Devonshire Road and Mill Road, which are not clear from the diagram. Will there be access:
- via the existing steps from the south side of Mill Road bridge?
(This would be highly desirable for pedestrians.)
- from the access road off Devonshire Road just to the north of the Travis Perkins site?
(This would be useful for residents on that access road and at the top of Devonshire Road, and for visitors to the pub.)
- from Angus Close?
(This would be useful for residents living in Devonshire Road north of the station car park entrance.)
Also, what will be the marked route for cyclists and pedestrians through the station car park? Will this be sufficiently clear to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians? There is likely to be a large volume of cycle and pedestrian through-traffic, so this will need to be monitored carefully.
Meeting with officers
A meeting with council officers Liz Waring and Patrick Joyce is arranged for 21 December. This will be an opportunity to review and discuss the route and connections with Mill Road, Devonshire Road and the station car park. Anyone interested in attending, please meet at 42 Devonshire Road at 10am.