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Tarmac to deliver cycling and walking routes in Cambridge

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Tarmac is set to start work on a major project to create new walking and cycling connections for Cambridge, UK.

The company has been selected to deliver the first phase of the sustainable cross-city transport scheme. This includes the new Abbey Chesterton Bridge and Chisholm Trail, which will allow cyclists and pedestrians to travel across Cambridge while remaining mostly off-road.

The Greater Cambridge Partnership has funded the trail and Cambridge County Council has funded the bridge. These projects will improve walking and cycling connections to important hubs of employment, including the Cambridge Science Park and Cambridge Biomedical Campus.

Construction on the Abbey Chesterton Bridge is due to start in December, while the north-to-south Chisholm Trail will be built in phases and is expected to be completed by 2020. The trail will follow the existing railway line closely.

“This important new route will support sustainable travel across the beautiful and historic city of Cambridge,” said Andy Brown, Director of Infrastructure Business at Tarmac. “We are delighted to be working with the Greater Cambridge Partnership to deliver the first phase of this significant infrastructure scheme and unlock its benefits for local people.”

“I am delighted that we have appointed Tarmac to deliver this visionary plan for a cross-city cycleway that has long been championed by the community,” said Counsellor Ian Bates, Transport Portfolio Holder for the Greater Cambridge Partnership and Chair of Cambridge County Council’s Economy and Environment Committee. “The Chisholm Trail will provide people with a safer and more attractive way to discover our city’s beautiful green spaces and it will also make it easier for people to access places of employment, education, our historic city centre, and the main railway stations.”

The trail was first proposed by Jim Chisholm, a local cycling campaigner, and his colleagues in the late 1990s.

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