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The debate over whether to keep Mill Road Bridge open to traffic and how the area could be improved will be at the heart of two upcoming workshops and a public consultation.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership is working with the charity Involve to hold two online workshops in February to listen to people’s ideas about how the road could be enhanced.

Involve, which ran the Greater Cambridge Citizen’s Assembly, will initially run the workshops to seek views from a diverse and representative mix of people who live and work on Mill Road. People wishing to attend the workshops are encouraged to register their interest in advance.

Workmen cleared Mill Road of the traffic restrictions after the end of the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order . Picture: Keith Heppell. (54308836)
Workmen cleared Mill Road of the traffic restrictions after the end of the Experimental Traffic Regulation Order . Picture: Keith Heppell. (54308836)

The public consultation, also due to be launched shortly, will seek a broad range of views from stakeholders in and beyond the city to give everyone a chance to say what they think about Mill Road now and how it could be upgraded in the future.

Cllr Elisa Meschini, chair of the GCP’s executive board, said: “Mill Road is a vibrant part of Cambridge and I have seen how popular it is as a destination for leisure as well as business. Residents, business owners and users of the road are passionate about this special area of our city and want to make a positive difference to its future.

Mill Road bridge protest against closure of the bridge. (54308839)
Mill Road bridge protest against closure of the bridge. (54308839)

“I encourage everyone to take part in our consultation to shape the future of this exciting area of our city. I especially encourage people who live and work in Mill Road to register to attend our workshops to discuss what they value and where they feel improvements can be made in the short and long term to ensure the area thrives in the future.”

Mill Road bridge was closed to private vehicles from June 2020 to early August 2021 as part of a series of Experimental Traffic Regulation Orders rolled out by Cambridgeshire County Council to help people walk and cycle to maintain social distancing following the outbreak of Covid-19.

Traffic chaos on Mill Road caused when lorries tried to reverse away from the closed bridge. Pic: Piero D'Angelico (54308884)
Traffic chaos on Mill Road caused when lorries tried to reverse away from the closed bridge. Pic: Piero D'Angelico (54308884)

The county council’s highways and transport committee voted in July 2021 to reopen the bridge to traffic and asked the GCP in November 2021 to incorporate the scheme as part of the City Access programme and hold a consultation.

The workshops will be held on Tuesday, February 22, from 12-5pm, and Saturday, February 26, from 10am-3pm.

People are asked to register via bit.ly/MillRd2022 by January 28. Depending on the number of applications, it may not be possible for everyone to take part.

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