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A shame not to have a double cattle grid here on the Chisholm Trail.

Junction of the old route to the Newmarket Road crossing and (to the left) the new Chisholm Trail to the Newmarket Road underpass.

Good practice - double cattle grids, not found everywhere on the Chisholm Trail.

Nice wide bridge on the Chisholm Trail

Link to Newmarket Road and the Chisholm Trail underpass

The Chisholm Trail approaching Newmarket Road

Dreadfully restrictive junction arrangement on the link between the Chisholm Trail and NCN route 51 - many people will be cutting across the grass to the right rather than turning so sharply on the asphalt.

Dreadfully restrictive junction arrangement on the link between the Chisholm Trail and NCN route 51.

Link from the Chisholm Trail briefly using the route of the former Mildenhall railway line.

Link from the Chisholm Trail briefly using the route of the former Mildenhall railway line.

The Chisholm Trail briefly using the route of the former Mildenhall railway line.

The Chisholm Trail briefly using the route of the former Mildenhall railway line.

Wiggley stretch of Chisholm Trail towards the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge

View for users of the footbridge when they reach the Chisholm Trail. They might sport the Heras fencing (while it remains in place) but it's not at all obvious from here that there's a paved alternative via the old Mildenhall rail alignmen ... [more]

This is what greets users of the footbridge from Stourbridge Common when they reach the Chisholm Trail. No signage (yet) to direct them on their eastbound route.

These triangular panels do not fit correctly and are each only held in place by two bolts, whereas there are holes for four. I asked a pair of men in hi-viz about this and one of them said his team had added the cable ties in the other h ... [more]

Abbey Chesterton bridge on the Chisholm Trail. Measured by Martin’s boots (26 December 2021): footway 2.3 meters, cycleway 2.7 metres.

First Blood! New graffiti on day 4. See #177043.

Blank canvas 🤣 Only for a few days, see #177055.

The newest bridge over the river Cam opened today. #ChisholmTrail #TheChisholmTrailIsOpen #ChisholmTrailCambridge https://t.co/WzE0Oaf50D https://twitter.com/acambridgediary https://www.acambridgediary.co.uk/december-2021/ Entry for ... [more]

The Chisholm Trail enabler.

When will local authorities learn? The outcry when barriers were installed at Addenbrooke's Hospital had them removed within a week. Do they think barriers on the Chisholm Trail - a major active travel project - will go unnoticed? Be accep ... [more]

Cafe area of south compound beginning to be tidied up, fence posts waiting to go up.

Another stretch of fence now done - alongside Newmarket Road

Tarmac looks finished - but then partially covered for machinery to cross - south of the underpass.

Yellow nosings on south steps reinstated, and looking complete.

Chicanes on the northern bike approach to the Abbey-Chesterton Bridge.

Pedestrian gate, and part of the fence around the cattlegrid, now installed. Several bits still to do.

Progress on the wooden fence on the south ramp - but it's not finished.

Progress on the Trail south of the Newmarket Rd underpass

Beginning to add the wooden fences to either side of the south bridge ramp

Still-scruffy flood compensation hollow alongside the Trail

Junction from Trail towards railway footbridge

The attractive S-bend in the Trail south of the footbridge path

The section of the Trail that now forms the dogleg in the path to the footbridge

The repositioned point where the informal east-west path crosses the Trail to head towards the railway footbridge. The route towards the narrow bridge over the brook, leading to the railway bridge, can just be seen at right of shot.

The junction at the foot of the south ramp to the Chisholm Trail river bridge

The cattlegrid beside the south ramp is in, and some (but not all) parts of its black fence are on site.

Wayfinding signs waiting to go up. Two direct walkers to Ditton Meadows and riders to Cambridge North and Chesterton. One is for NCN51 towards Fen Ditton and Bottisham. There seem to be at least three more in the heap.

Stone cladding looks complete on the south east wing wall

Someone's noticed a deadline: Sunday working to level and roll a section of Trail sublayer next to Barnwell Lake.

The south compound has been excavated to set the level of the Trail.

Lots of planting either side of the Trail, and access to Barnwell Meadow, north of the underpass.

Progress on the new crossing at Cheney Way

Path alterations at Moss Bank

The link between Fen Road and the towpath is 'closed' (though walkers can and do get around the side of the barrier at each end). There's nothing obvious yet to explain the closure.

The horizontals have been removed from the fence on the west side of the brook. They were on the outside of the posts, which I guess was the wrong side.

The wooden fences are going up on the path beside the realigned brook

This junction between the Trail on Ditton Meadows, and the path from Ditton Walk & Wadloes Road, now has a bit of splay - and a new marker post.

Yellow nosings on the north steps look complete

Yellow 'nosings' are going onto the south steps beside the bridge

This looks like the top-layer tarmac where the path beside the brook meets NCN51 (or becomes part of rerouted NCN51?). I couldn't tell what the circular inset and lettering (left foreground) signify.

'Landscaping' is underway on the roadside banks either side of the south end of the Newmarket Road underpass

This looks like top-layer tarmac going down on the Trail approach to Newmarket Road north side.

The bridge to the cafe site looks to be a good size - and again of a different style.

Cattlegrids protecting the bridge to the cafe site look rather close to the fairly sharp bend onto the bridge.

The bridge surface is now made from decking-style slats, with two narrow non-slip stripes on each slat. It is better than the previous plain boards.

The bridge in the common is now open at full width, and apparently finished.

Barriers at the railway underpass on Coldhams Common. Gate, passable width: 78cm. Cattle Grid width: 125cm.

Completed cattlegrid and gates north of the railway underpass

Completed cattlegrid and gates north of the railway underpass

Preparations for crossing of Cheney Way - and realignment of kerb?

Large space on west side of Cheney Way junction

Widened (?) path heading towards Cheney Way

Fence and gate at cattlegrid south of the railway underpass look finished

They've made a start on the fence at the cattlegrid north of the railway underpass

Still a bit of work to be finished on the surface of the new bridge

New bridge over brook in the Common is open, both temporary bridges have gone

Roadside steel fence above underpass south portal

Present state of the south compound at Newmarket Road. (The portacabins have been relocated near the road - not removed.)

Roadside steel fence (not really a 'crash barrier') above underpass north portal

Wooden fence at top of underpass north wing wall

Wooden fence going up on the south bridge ramp, and in the distance work ongoing on surfacing the Trail

The bridge is 'same width as path' (or, strictly, path is going to be same width as bridge): it's ~3.5m wide on the approach.

Various bits of wooden fence now installed above underpass wing walls.

Short stretch of wooden fence now installed at edge of realigned brook.

'Bird mesh' above jetty looks OK. (Not yet fitted on north side)

The bridge will line up reasonably well with the path beyond

Another slight adjustment for the orientation of the bridge

Looks like this bridge may get wooden railings

First pieces of the bridge are now in place

Just washing, or applying some special brew (sealant, fungicide, ...) ?

North bridge ramp, steps, etc beginning to look quite tidy

As expected, installation of bird mesh involves removal of the tall wooden fence that's been making it more difficult to spy on progress

Signs of a slight rethink about the orientation of the bridge in the middle of the common

Signs of a slight rethink about the orientation of the bridge in the middle of the common

Alignment of the new bridge is shortest/easiest crossing of the brook, and not great for sightlines and continuity of the path.

A short stretch of the path on the common is very narrow while they work to lay out the edge of the new alignment.

Handrail in place on north bridge steps, concrete detail fettling apparently still in progress.

Trail is not yet surfaced at the bend near the footpath/footbridge crossing - but work is in progress.

Handrail in place on south bridge steps, beds ready for planting.

Concrete has been poured for the ends of the bridge on Coldham's Common

Concrete has been poured for the ends of the bridge on Coldham's Common

A large rectangular hole in the path alongside the realigned brook: site of next cattlegrid?

South approach to underpass is still much less well advanced.

First layer of tarmac done at northern approach to Newmarket Road underpass.

First layer of tarmac done at northern approach to Newmarket Road underpass.

There's quite a lot of detail fettling of concrete in process on bridge ramp and steps.

Trail alongside realigned brook on Ditton Meadow: first patch of tarmac done.

Trail river bridge north ramp: base tarmac done, top layer still to do?

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