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Newmarket Road in Cambridge to be closed to cars, cyclists and pedestrians for a week

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Newmarket Road in Cambridge will be closed to all motorists, cyclists and pedestrians for a week to enable work on a new underpass that will form part of the Chisholm Trail.

Newmarket Road
Newmarket Road

The road will close between 8pm on Friday, March 26 and 6am on Friday, April 2, the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) confirmed.

Further overnight closures will also be needed during the construction of the underpass, which is expected to take until September.

The GCP said residents will be updated about the dates when they are confirmed.

Newmarket Road diversions. Image: GCP
Newmarket Road diversions. Image: GCP

A diversion via Coldhams Lane and Barnwell Road will be in place during all closures and a separate diversion will be in place for cyclists across Coldhams Common.

A separate, signed diversion route for cyclists and pedestrians is planned across Coldhams Common, with a free shuttle bus for pedestrians who are unable to use the diversion. Details on the shuttle bus are still being finalised.

Stagecoach buses that use Newmarket Road will be diverted and the bus stops on Newmarket Road between Coldhams Lane Junction and the McDonalds roundabout will be temporarily suspended.

Cllr Roger Hickford, chair of the Greater Cambridge Partnership’s executive board and deputy leader of Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “The new underpass at Newmarket Road is a vital part of the flagship Chisholm Trail route.

“The introduction of the underpass will help to improve traffic flow and make it safer and easier for pedestrians and cyclists to cross this busy road without using the pelican crossing.

“We understand the Newmarket Road closure will be an inconvenience to the people who live or travel along it, and I thank people for their patience while we carry out this work which will significantly improve cycling and walking journeys in the long term.”

The Abbey Chesterton Bridge and Chisholm Trail is a joint project between the Greater Cambridge Partnership and Cambridgeshire County Council.

The Chisholm Trail route. Image: GCP
The Chisholm Trail route. Image: GCP

The trail will create a mostly off-road and traffic-free route between the two railway stations.

This is part of phase one of the work, which covers the area from Cambridge North Station to Coldhams Lane and links up green spaces in the north of the city to create an off-road route between Stourbridge Common, Ditton Meadows, the Leper Chapel, Barnwell Lakes and Coldhams Common.

For more information, visit greatercambridge.org.uk/chisholmtrail.

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