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.

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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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7 Replies to “Bridge Closure – Update #2”

  1. The bus info doesn’t make it clear whether you can buy a ticket on the shuttle, and continue your journey on the Citi 2.

    Also note that the “Addenbrooks” shuttle on the map doesn’t actually go to Addenbrooks

    1. The information about the new bus timetables and bus stops appears not to be on the Stagecoach website. I followed the link on the information website to find out timetable from Mill Road to Sainsbury’s. All I could find was a bus timetable from Addenbrooke’s. This is very unsatisfactory if you are trying to plan a journey.
      I completely understand this work needs to be done and it has been known about for many many months so why today, 3 days before Mill Road Bridge closes, are there no new timetables up on Mill Road or at Addenbrooke’s. How long will the wait be at Sainsbury’s for a link bus to either Addenbrookes or city centre? Why is this information not easily available? Will the Stagecoach app be accurate?
      I sign off now. I will just have to suck it up and keep my mouth shut. I think I’ve mixed my metaphors!

  2. It is not obvious that the buses will be using the stops on Coldhams lane. There are stops and in the past when the Number 2 bus has been detoured that way it has stopped.

  3. As I understand it from the map, there is no direct bus link direct from Romsey to Addenbrooke’s. The C2 is going to Sainsburys and from there we can catch a bus to city centre. Where is the link to the hospital? And how long is the waiting time? This is obviously vital information in order to allow enough time for outpatient appointments.
    Also the Stagecoach link to C2 timetables only appears to show buses from Addenbrooke’s and not from Mill Road.
    Further it appears that there is no link between Romsey and Petersfield for walking and wheelchair disabled!
    I totally get it that this work needs to be carried out, and yes it is going to be a nightmare. Therefore it is very important that Stagecoach gives a better timetable breakdown and how the links at Sainsbury are going to work.

  4. My apologies – have just found Romsey to Sainsbury timetable. EVERY 20 MINUTES!!
    This is outrageous. I believed that Stagecoach was going work with GTR to produce a workable solution. This is not it!
    A 20 minute wait for one bus, then another wait for another bus either to city centre or Addenbrooke’s. And of course the same long wait on return.
    Both companies should be ashamed of themselves. At Saturday’s meeting, Ross gave a very positive talk about how to listen to passengers. Well I hope he and GTR will listen to this!

    1. Ruth: You say that this is not a workable solution. I explained in a comment on the previous update post why I think the arrangements are not as bad as you seem to think, and why I think they are the best that can reasonably be hoped for. If you can come up with a better set of temporary timetables, then I would be interested to hear what you propose. If you can’t come up with anything genuinely better yourself, then I suggest that you stop expecting Stagecoach and GTR to come up with a better solution that doesn’t exist. A railway bridge on one of the main roads in Cambridge used by buses is being rebuilt – until we have buses that can fly over the railway, then that is always going to cause some inconvenience to bus users.

      1. Many thanks for the telling off. Just because I don’t like it and you believe there is no alternative doesn’t mean that I have to jump up and down with glee.
        Yes, I could up with come up with an alternative. That the C2 turns round at Addenbrooke’s and back to Romsey, thus providing easier access for the elderly, sick and disabled to get to their only hospital without having to change buses and wait around.
        I don’t why Sainsbury’s is a logical termimus. The bus terminus at Addenbrooke’s offers a wide choice of buses to many locations inside and outside the city centre.
        But this is not my job. I will just grit my teeth and keep my fingers crossed that the work is completed within 8 weeks.

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