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They've changed the eastern junction of towpath and diversion. The surface of the new section is loose soft sand: even worse than the coarse stones. They have at least made a start on removing the top surface of the towpath.

There are yellow RIVER FOOTPATH notices in several sensible locations

It looks as if someone else was fed up with the lack of signage for the towpath diversion. The yellow notice on the left says PRIVATE PROPERTY STRICTLY NO ENTRY The one on the right says RIVER FOOTPATH

A new hole in the north footway, revealing substantial electricity cables which I think were not present before.

More digging on the recently reinstated south footway. Both ends of the gas main diversion are now visible, which suggests that this trench could be for gas pipe.

Latest 'improvement' to the signage. Somewhat pointless, since the red&white barrier is visible well before the yellow notice.

Footway dug up again, short section of old iron gaspipe removed, other utility ductwork not fairing well. Makes a depressing tale of retrograde progress when seen against https://www.cyclestreets.net/location/170640,171537,172406/

The narrow stone-covered membrane appears to cover a rainwater drainpipe. There's plenty of room outside it for a good wide path from bridge to towpath.

At least this is unambiguous - even if quite tricky to negotiate and not very visible in the dark.

The only (?) info about the diversion anywhere 'on' Fen road - and I doubt if it is visible from the road.

First 'information' about the closure found when heading east. Absolutely nothing to indicate that there's a bypass.

Effective barrier on towpath means no option during the closure to take the shortcut 'after hours'

Towpath closed, diversion open, for work on the link from Chisholm Trail riverbridge to all points west.

The area around the new cattlegrid north of the railway underpass is surfaced - but fence and gate not yet added.

Realigned path north of the railway underpass is surfaced and open.

I don't see much recent change on the north bridge ramp.

The rightangle turn between fences looks rather tight.

The northern end of the diversion around the compound doesn't look great.

Could this be the beginning of work to realign the brook through the south compound? I couldn't see enough to judge.

Towpath diversion around the north compound for Chisholm Trail work looks OK at the river end.

New cattlegrid finished, old grid and gate removed.

Progress on the realigned junction north of the railway underpass

Work hasn't started on the brook crossing. Diversion still in use.

Long stretch of newly-widened path for Chisholm Trail open. Surface is good.

New water main buried (but not yet connected), footway part-reinstated. Some other ducts not in great shape.

This section of the widened path across Coldhams Common is now open.

Still no change at the aborted cattlegrid south of the railway underpass

There will be a new cattlegrid north of the railway underpass. It's not alongside the old one.

The widened path for the Chisholm Trail now has the finished surface for much of the section between the railway underpass and the brook crossing.

Topsoil reinstated for Barnwell Meadow, and a reasonably clear space for further work on the Chisholm Trail approach to the underpass - but still a Newmarket Road lamp post to be reinstated.

One sidewall of the north steps to the Chisholm Trail river bridge has been cast.

Improved alignment of path junction north of the railway underpass

Widened path levelled and nearly ready for tarmac

Old surface of path on Coldham's Common planed off, material distributed to new width.

The approach from the cafe site to the new bridge looks to be mostly finished

Backfill over the underpass dug up again for reinstatement of the water main. Pipe in situ but not yet connected.

Beginning to reinstate Barnwell Meadow soil north of the Chisholm Trail underpass

Looks like a bit of the transition from compound back to meadow is under way

Shuttering for the wall at the side of the north stairs

Could be for the ramp from bridge to towpath, but it doesn't look very wide. Subsequently thought just to be cover on rainwater drainpipe next to the ramp.

Precast north-side step sections in situ, but 'landing' slab in the middle still to be cast

Space - presumably for another cattle grid - is still fenced off at the end of the otherwise-finished path on the south common

Topsoil belatedly reinstated beside the new path on the south common.

Progress on stairs and ramp in the north compound

Progress on the south bridge ramp, and south compound looking a bit tidier

North bank beside the Newmarket Road underpass now has its topsoil

Bridge between common and cafe site looks finished

Progress on widening Coldham's Common path for the Chisholm Trail

It's unfortunate that you can't see here that there IS a way to carry on northwards

Quite a sharp corner in the dogleg here

It's not immediately obvious why the diversion needs a dogleg here: perhaps just to make space inside the work compound?

Path closed, diversion open. New transition onto the temporary bridge is better than the original (in cyclestreets #170554)

Diversion open, path closed for widening and bridge work.

Topsoil reinstated beside much of widened Chisholm Trail

Work in progress on bridge for Chisholm Trail between common and cafe

Backfill and kerbstones nearly finished, except for work on water main

Backfill & kerbstones nearly finished

Backfill & kerbstones well advanced

Backfill, kerbstones, etc well advanced after remaining utilities (inc broadband fibre) reinstated.

Plastic tiles again on the left for the foot/cylepath diversion, robust temporary roadway on the right for machinery.

Contractors' bridge on the left, pedestrians & cycles on the right. Yellow plastic fillet for the latter isn't going to be great for pedestrians or cycles.

Temporary pedestrian/cycle bridge is a reasonable if not generous width

Temporary pedestrian/cycle bridge for use while the original is rebuilt or refreshed

Temporary bridge for construction traffic to access the middle section of Coldham's Common

New bridge over the brook between Coldham's Common and the Cafe site - not quite completed

First sight eastbound of what's around the corner

Good progress on backfill and reinstatement above south end of underpass

'Making it up as they go along'? Looks as if they may have decided against adding a second cattlegrid

Tarmac looks almost finished, broken swing gate has been replaced, other swing gate has been hooked open again.

Still some work to do between resurfaced path and existing cattlegrids. Not very walk- or cyle-friendly at the moment, and not obvious how they can finish without fencing off the route via the grids.

Improved path for Chisholm Trail making progress, but still plenty of 'making good' to do.

Still a bit to do before it will be ready for tarmac

Path widened but edge boards not yet all fitted at this end

Widened path on Coldham's Common south nearly ready to be 'prepped for tarmac' according to timetable board at the other end. Both of these gates open in the same direction: not immediately obvious why two were needed.

Scaffolding gone, backfilling started, still work to do on utilities. Impossible to tell whether the water main was reinstated below this lot, but the pipe meant to reinstate the gas main has clearly not been used. Wonder if this all has ... [more]

Scaffolding supports gone, backfilling started, but still some work to do for proper reinstatement of utilities.

Culvert for Chisholm Trail bridge south ramp to cross realigned brook

New cattle grids for Chisholm Trail at brook crossing on Coldham's Common

New cattle grids for Chisholm Trail at brook crossing on Coldham's Common

Power cable moved, hole prepared for additional cattle grid at Chisholm Trail railway underpass on Coldham's Common

Steps being added at north end of Chisholm Trail river bridge

Parapet added to Chisholm Trail underpass at Newmarket Road

Parapet added to Chisholm Trail underpass at Newmarket Road

Parapet added to Chisholm Trail underpass at Newmarket Road

First signs of the realignment on the approach to the railway underpass

Two cattle grids and space for gate alongside, and finished surface from there most of the way to the existing path. Zoom lens makes the turn beyond the grids look tighter than it is.

Northeast wing wall cap looks finished

Progress on north side wing walls at Chisholm Trail underpass, and maybe ready for the precast parapet between them

Precast steps for Chisholm Trail river bridge awaiting installation

Base nearly ready for north side steps to Chisholm Trail river bridge

Large-diameter pipes alongside Chisholm Trail bridge ramp are already covered, leaving no clues about what they are for

Cattle grids for two-way cycle traffic on Chisholm Trail, with space for one walkers' gate beyond.

Smart brickwork where Chisholm Trail will cross the brook. Seems to be single-skin, so cosmetic rather than structural for bridge/culvert abutment?

Two cattle grids nearly ready where Chisholm Trail will cross from Coldham's Common to the cafe/underpass site

Ground cut away either side, but existing path apparently untouched, in Chisholm Trail works on Coldham's Common

Lightweight plastic-tile temporary path alongside Chisholm Trail works on Coldham's Common

Lightweight plastic-tile temporary path alongside Chisholm Trail works on Coldham's Common

Two large-diameter pipes are being installed alongside the Chisholm Trail bridge ramp on Ditton Meadows

'Portable roadway' being installed alongside path on Coldham's Common. Not clear yet whether it's a bypass for path users while Chisholm Trail improvements are in progress, or for use by contractors' machinery.

There has been a bit of progress on the caps to the Chisholm Trail underpass north wing walls

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