The first day of transporting each 40 ton section of the Abbey Chesterton Bridge has been successfully completed – as shown in the Camcycle video below.
Today is the second day of receiving the bridge which, when completed – using the UK’s largest crane later in the summer – brings the date the bridge opens for cyclists and pedestrians, and a milestone key to the Chisholm Trail, much closer.
The Chisholm Trail project is funded and carried out by the Greater Cambridge Partnership and will create a new first-class cycling and walking trail through the city. The bridge, funded by Cambridgeshire County Council, was transported to the site in three sections in the back of large-load trucks under police escort yesterday and today (4-5 May). It will be set up over the River Cam later this summer.
“Apparently each section of the bridge weighs around 40 tonnes,” said Anna Williams, communications and community manager for Camcycle. “They’ll spend a couple of weeks bolting them together, a few more adding handrails and other items, and then they’ll lift the entire bridge into place – using the UK’s largest mobile crane – later in summer. “
Cllr Ian Bates, Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Economy and Environment Committee, said: Summer.
“The bridge will provide a safe and direct link for pedestrians and cyclists across the River Cam, making it easier for people to move around the city.
“We have written to the residents of the area to let them know about the next stage of the project and to let them know of the delivery, as we need to make sure that all vehicles parked on the road are moved so that the road is clear.”
Cllr Lewis Herbert, Head of Cambridge City Council and Board Member of the Greater Cambridge Partnership, said: “The Chisholm Trail intercity cycle path has been championed for over a decade by our cycling community and supported by councilors. . in its delivery.
“This is also a great example of the partnership of Greater Cambridge and Cambridgeshire County Council jointly and securely agreeing with a critical project during this difficult time.
“The Chisholm Trail will unlock the East End of the City by bike for many people – a safe and engaging new way to experience the beauty of our city while quickly gaining access to jobs, education and our stations, all the while opening up great extras routes for recreational cycling.
Green End Road, Water Lane, Water Street and Fen Road must be clear of all vehicles until 6 p.m. today (May 5). Letters were sent to area residents and when people self-isolate or are unable to move their vehicles, arrangements were made in advance to move them to a safe location. Construction of the Chisholm Trail project is being carried out under government guidelines for social distancing.
The Chisholm Trail will allow people to walk or ride a mostly off-road route from Cambridge North to Cambridge Station, making it easier and safer to access jobs, education and green spaces.
Further information here.