Friday, 7 September 2012

Chisholm Trail Wins More Support And Moves Step Nearer

Chisholm Trail
(Courtesy OpenStreetMap,
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Cambridge’s Chisholm Trail project moved a step nearer last night (Thursday, September 6) when city councillors agreed to part-fund a further feasibility study.

Members of the council’s East Area Committee supported a Liberal Democrat call to get behind the project which would create a route running across the city from north to south following much of the railway line.

Romsey County Councillor Kilian Bourke challenged colleagues on the city council to think strategically when looking at the county council’s plans for transport infrastructure projects funded with developer contributions rather than focussing on smaller projects.

Cllr Bourke said: "It is great news that the East Area Committee has shown a willingness to support this proposal. The North Area Committee has already put its weight behind this project so now it has real momentum.”

He added: "Now that Cambridge Science Park Station is going ahead the case for delivering the Chisholm Trail is overwhelming.

"The Trail would create a new north-south axis across the city, and because it is a dedicated cycle route many commuters who are afraid to cycle on our roads would switch to cycling, taking vehicles off our road and improving traffic flows.

"Romsey and Petersfield residents could join the trail at Mill Road railway bridge and cycle directly to Addenbrooke's Hospital or the Science Park in half the time."

Cllr Bourke acknowledged that obstacles remained, but was optimistic about a positive result.

He added: "The project is difficult but doable, and will need a strong political will to see it through. However the fact that two area committees have already expressed support for it and shown a willingness to fund further research suggests the desire is there."

East Chesterton County Councillor, Ian Manning, who is pushing for the trail to be delivered in order to alleviate parking pressures near Cambridge Science Park Station in said:  "As the trail bridge over the cam would benefit not just East Chesterton but also the rest of the city, I'm pleased Kilian has managed to persuade the East Area Committee to part fund the feasibility study.

"I believe this bridge being completed when the new station opens is vital to stopping East Chesterton from being swamped with traffic trying to get to the new station."