Bridge Closure – Update #2

Here’s the second of a series of information posts about the Mill Road Bridge closure this summer.  We’re using these to give Romsey & Petersfield residents and traders as much detail as we can about the closure arrangements.

Please use the comments box below if you have concerns or questions. We’ll respond to those as quickly as we can.

Also, please help us and your fellow residents by sharing this as widely as possible. If you’re on Facebook or Twitter, there are sharing buttons for those services below.

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Bridge Closure Dates

Mill Road Bridge closes to all motor vehicles from Monday 1st July 2019, and Govia Thameslink estimate that the work will be complete by Monday 26th August 2019.

We’ll pass on any changes to the projected end date as soon as we hear about them.

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Bus Services

Here’s a map showing the diverted Citi 2 service (yellow), and the shuttle services 2A (blue) and 2B (green).

More detail on the changes to the Citi 2 service including timetables is available here: https://www.stagecoachbus.com/promos-and-offers/east/mill-road-closure

Cambridge Dial-A-Ride will provide a door to door service for residents who will find the revised service physically difficult to use.  This service will run for the entire period of the closure.

If this would be useful for you, then please apply for Dial-A-Ride membership now.  Call 01223 506335 or write to

Cambridge Dial-a-Ride
Unit B, Rene Court
1 Coldhams Road
Cambridge
CB1 3EW

Govia Thameslink have agreed to fund the costs of this service.

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Gas Utility Works

Triio will be replacing the gas main which runs the length of Mill Road during the closure period.  For further details see our previous post: https://overmillroadbridge.org.uk/bridge-closure/info/update-1/#gas

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Financial Impacts on Traders

We understand that Govia Thameslink (GTR) are working with the Mill Road Traders’ Association regarding the potential for financial impact of the Bridge Closure on traders.  If you have concerns about this then please contact the Traders’ Association direct.

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Art Panels

Govia Thameslink will be providing two new art panels on the bridge, and are running a competition amongst local schools to choose a design for each.

The existing art on the bridge will remain as-is after GTR’s work has been completed.

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Community Festival Public Meeting – Fri 31st May 19:00 – 22:00

Sing? Play the ukulele? Crochet? Make banners?
In a band? Into Mill Road History? Sculpt? Paint?

Or know someone who does?

Mill Road Needs You!

Can you display a poster?  Download one here

At the last full public meeting on 29th March Romsey and Petersfield residents and businesses came together to generate loads of great ideas for a Summer Festival on and around Mill Road in July and August.  Since then:

  • we’ve negotiated Festival funding with Govia Thameslink (the train company who are doing the work on the Bridge)
  • there’s a website and we’re using social media to start to publicise Festival events
  • we’re discussing how the Festival can use the Mill Road street space with County Council highways officers

There’s a 2nd public meeting in the large hall at Ross Street Community Centre on Friday 31st May. Please come along anytime between 19:00 & 22:00, and let’s work out how we can make it a Mill Road Summer to remember!

 

Bridge Closure – Update #1

This is the first of a series of information posts about the Mill Road Bridge closure this summer.  We’ll use these to give Romsey & Petersfield residents and businesses as much detail as we can about the closure arrangements.

Please use the comments box below if you have concerns or questions.  We’ll respond to those as quickly as we can.

Also, please help us and your fellow residents by sharing this as widely as possible.  If you are on Facebook or Twitter there are sharing buttons for those services below.

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Bus Services during the Closure

The original proposed routes by Stagecoach / Govia are as below:

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Concerns raised with Stagecoach and Govia include:

  • The difficulties less able people will experience in getting from one side of the bridge to the other.  For example, a Romsey resident who has a GP appointment in Petersfield.   If you can’t manage the walk from one shuttle bus to the other across the bridge, then with these plans you would have to take three different buses (one shuttle, the diverted 2 service, then the other shuttle)
  • There is no single service for Romsey or Petersfield residents to get them to Addenbrookes.  This would require changing buses at least once.

We continue to argue for better bus service provision over the closure period, working alongside Cambridge Area Bus Users to try to achieve this.

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Provision for less able residents

We have been in discussion with Cambridge Dial-A-Ride about the possibliity that their service could help to plug the gaps in the Stagecoach provision.  This is an appointment only door-to-door service that would be available to residents who will have particular problems using the modified bus services described above.

We are meeting with Govia on Monday and will be asking for their support including funding of this service.

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Pollution and Traffic Monitoring

Romsey and Petersfield councillors have asked the Greater Cambridge Partnership to ensure that devices capable of measuring traffic and pollution levels will be in place for the duration of the closure and beyond.

This will allow us to understand the impact of the bridge closure on traffic volumes and pollution levels in Mill Road.  In addition other major routes that are likely to be affected by changes in traffic volumes during the closure will be monitored.  This will include Coldhams Lane, East Road, Brooks / Perne / Mowbray Roads and Hills Road.

The traffic monitoring will be able to distinguish between / measure cars, lorries / vans, pedestrians and cyclists, which should provide some interesting statistics.

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Gas Main Work – Triio

Gas Main contractors Triio will be renewing the gas main along the entire length of Mill Road while the bridge is closed.  This is a 6-8 week project and doing it at this time minimises disruption while traffic volumes are low.  The age of the existing main is such that it must be replaced.

Where practical the work will be completed by inserting new plastic main through the existing iron main, with excavation only necessary and the start and end of the sections and to connect up service pipes to the individual premises.

Triio will start work on 1st July with two teams working on both sides of the bridge.  The teams will move outwards in 100m stretches from there.

The Triio project  manager has been involved in our meetings, and we are working closely with him to coordinate both timings and locations of planned Celebrate! events.

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Bridge Closure Dates, Bus Routes and More

Over Mill Road Bridge were at the Public Meeting Govia Thameslink (GTR) held Monday at the Salvation Army Hall on Mill Road.  Many people attended the meeting, despite short notice.

GTR Slides are linked here

We noted a few key points / actions:

  • dates of bridge closure will be 1st July to 25th August
  • GTR will need to shut the bridge completely including to pedestrians for about a week, around the middle / end of July for safety reasons
    • St Matthews and St Phillips school summer term ends on 23rd July
    • we will ask GTR to keep the pedestrian access available until after that date
  • residents concerns about the proposed Shuttle Bus service commissioned by GTR and run by Stagecoach (see page 11 of the slides attached below)
    • proposed turning streets may not be suitable
    • the service on the Romsey side only goes to and from Sainsburys Brooks Road, but lots residents make lots of Addenbrookes appointments by bus
    • we’ve arranged a meeting Tuesday 7th May with GTR and County Council Highways officers to find answers
  • GTR need to engage better with the Romsey and Petersfield communities
    • e.g. provide financial support to help with the planned Celebrate! festival
    • clarity on who’s got the chequebook at GTR
    • better communications are a must
    • OMRB will follow up all these points

Daniel Zeichner supports An-Lac House

Cambridge’s MP Daniel Zeichner paid a visit to An-Lac House on Friday 12th April, accompanied by Romsey County Councillor Noel Kavanagh.

An-Lac is situated on Coldhams Lane in Romsey Town, Cambridge, and provides a unique service for vulnerable elderly people of Vietnamese heritage.  But as a result of the Tory County Council’s proposal to cut all funding, An-Lac’s future is now in doubt.  See this article for more on the history and purpose of An-Lac House.

Daniel spent time with both trustees and residents.  He gained a better understanding of the special place that is An-Lac House, and the valued and valuable service which it provides to its elderly residents.

The County Council Adults Committee meets on Wed 22nd May when it will decide An-Lac’s fate.  Councillors will review the proposed cuts during this meeting.   Following his visit, Daniel Zeichner has written to the Committee chair calling for councillors on the Committee to reject the cuts.  He has asked them to restore the relatively modest amount of funding needed to sustain An Lac House and the unique service which it delivers.

A demonstration in support of An-Lac will be held on Wed 22nd May, the day of the crucial meeting.  Can you come along for an hour or so to show your support?  It will start at 1pm outside Shire Hall, Castle St, Cambridge CB3 0AP.   You can register your interest in attending at https://www.facebook.com/events/595722390913631/.

The Trustees will also be delivering a petition to the Committee  on the day of the meeting.   You can sign it here.

Celebrate! Update

What’s been going on since the end of March Public Meeting?

Here’s a quick update on progress since we held our public meeting at Romsey Mill:

We’ve got volunteers working on both Arts and Music themes, and we’ve had a couple of meetings with County Council Officers re highways issues.  There’s some good news and bad news re Highways:

  • Good news: we’re working with CCC Highways to get permission to shut a short stretch of Mill Road near the Bridge to all traffic each weekend, giving us an outdoor venue for events, not a done deal yet but we’re persisting 🙂
  • Good news: Stagecoach will be running a shuttle service to and from the bridge on both sides
  • Bad news: there’s a gas utility that wants to take the opportunity of Mill Rd being quiet to replace the gas main over the entire length of Mill Road, a project that may take up the whole period of the closure.  We’re awaiting a meeting with them.  We’re going to tell them we want a rolling program which will allow us to continue with events and activities for most of the closure period

We’re also meeting with Govia Thameslink again shortly and will give you an update with anything of interest which comes out of that.

Meantime please contact us if you can offer us any time, whether a little or a lot.   Celebrate! can only be a success with your help.

Andy – Over Mill Road Bridge

Coldhams Lane Speeding Logs Are In

  • 92,336 vehicles were logged over 7 days, with 14,308 vehicles driving above the speed limit (= 15% of the total)
  • max speed recorded was 73 mph
  • 55 vehicles were clocked doing more than 50mph

Coldhams Lane in Romsey Town is a busy arterial route linking the many and varied pleasures of the Newmarket Road retail parks with the Cambridge inner ring road running down the eastern side of the City.

Late in 2018 a number of residents of Coldhams Lane and the adjacent streets raised concerns about speeding.  County Councillor Noel Kavanagh contacted our friends at Cambridgeshire Community Roadwatch to see whether they could help us get some data about vehicle speeds along that stretch of road.

We’re now seeking residents’ views about possible options for speed reduction measures.

How to celebrate a Mill Road summer?

Public Meeting Romsey Mill Fri 29th March 2019, 7.30pm

Mill Rd bridge will close to motor traffic in July and August 2019.  So we expect the traffic on Mill Rd to be substantially lower.  How can we make the most of it?

With the date for the planned closure of Mill Road bridge approaching fast, we want to encourage the Mill Road community to come together to prepare for a summer with a difference.

With the road closed to through traffic meaning much lower traffic volumes, we think we can recapture some of the spirit of the Mill Road Winter Fair, attracting visitors to Cambridge and residents from across the city to this unique destination and boost trade for our local businesses. We envisage a ‘Mill Road festival’ celebrating this diverse community and its historic connections to the railway with exciting events, areas to relax outside our shops and temporary landscaping and planters to enhance the welcoming feel of the road.

Everyone’s invited to a public meeting at 7.30pm on 29th March at Romsey Mill to discuss ideas – like the ones shown below.  Whether you’re a local resident, trader, parent or advocate for one of the many community groups in Romsey, please do get involved!

Please register your interest using the form at the bottom.  And could you download and display this poster at your home or work?

Could local schools get involved in Arts projects?
Where would we put areas to relax like this?
Would planters enhance the look of the street? Where could they go?
How about some streets stalls or a street market?

We also need to be sure that residents can still access their properties, businesses can receive deliveries and more cycle parking is made available for the increased numbers of visitors.

Yes, I’m interested in coming to the public meeting, please keep me informed

Are GTR Serious?

Meeting with Councillors pulled at last minute…

Today at 2pm your Romsey and Petersfield councillors were due to meet with GTR to firm up on the detail of the bridge closure.  Yesterday GTR cancelled this meeting.  Now the question is: are Govia Thameslink serious about working with Romsey and Petersfield residents over the bridge closure?

Avoiding Term Time

Since 29th January we’ve been asking GTR to change the planned dates of closure to avoid term time at St Matthews, and despite two chasing emails, we’re still waiting for a reply.

Provision of Parklets during the Closure

On the 12th February, we wrote to ask GTR for a meeting to include Camcycle to discuss provision of temporary parklets during the bridge closure.  They replied to this yesterday, but only after a reminder was sent.

Do you have a view about where parklets could go?  Contact us!