Mill Road Futures

Mill Road Summer and Over Mill Road Bridge hosted a packed public meeting at St Phillips Church on Mill Road last Thursday evening.  We wanted

  • to review and seek feedback from Romsey & Petersfield residents and traders about their experiences during the bridge closure
  • to ask how those experiences could translate into a vision for the future of Mill Road and the surrounding area

In this post you can find

Immediate actions from the meeting are

  • establish a Working Party including representation from the whole of Mill Road, residents, councillors and traders (want to get involved?  Use the form below)
  • hold a further public meeting (in a larger venue!) where we
    • start to find a concensus around a vision for Mill Road
    • agree practical steps to progress this vision

Video and Presentations

Over Mill Road Bridge

Camcycle

Architects report re the Parklet

 

Chair of the Petersfield Organising Group, Linda Jones, reported on the vibrant festival delivered by local groups in spite of the bridge closure, continued high traffic volumes, disruptive Cadent gas works and awful fire at Gee’s electrical store. Nearly 20 events were organised focusing on music, dance, history, art and writing. The History Happening day and the 3 Car Boot Sales attracted hundreds of people and the Group secured a community legacy – including a digital piano, sound system, banners and folding tables.

Chair of the Mill Rd Traders’ association, Shapour Meftah, praised the work of organisers in staging the festival but highlighted the loss of trade for many traders caused by bridge closure, gas works and fire. Traders wanted to work with the local community of Mill Rd, but it would only thrive if people could access the shops easily.

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The Bridge is shut – But the road remains open

    

Following Dave’s negotiations with Govia they agreed to reduce the days the pedestrian/cycle access would be unavailable from 14 to 8.

The footpath on the bridge will be closed on the following dates:

  • 5th & 6th July 2019 08:45 – 20:45
  • 11th & 12th July 2019 *08:45 – 20:45
  • 28th & 29th July 2019 08:45 – 20:45
  • 3rd & 4th August 2019 08:45 – 20:45

We are still pushing and hope they will reduce this again to six.  We also hope that the closure over the big weekend will be significantly reduced if not removed.

Govia Propose Total Bridge Closure Dates – Unacceptable!

Govia Thameslink have emailed councillors advising periods over which they want to completely close Mill Road bridge including to pedestrians.

Govia had previously told residents that the bridge would be totally closed for about a week, with the possible need for the odd day of further closure.  They are now proposing a total of 14 days of total closure over the 8 week period.

Govia sent their email on Tuesday this week (25th June), with the first total closure proposed starting 5th July, little more than a week later.  There was no consultation with the community prior to the email being sent.

The total closure dates that Govia have proposed are:

  • Friday 5 July until Monday 8 July – from 8.45am until 8.45pm each day
  • Thursday 11 July until Saturday 13 July – from 8.45am until 8.45pm each day
  • Sunday 28 July until Wednesday 31 July – from 8.45am until 8.45pm each day
  • Saturday 3 August until Monday 5 August – from 8.45am until 8.45pm each day

We are acutely aware of the impact this would have on residents and traders on both sides of the bridge, and councillors are demanding that Govia think again.

Romsey City Councillor Dave Baigent was talking about this on Radio Cambridgeshire on Wednesday – segment starts at 1:05:50: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p07ccllm

After this spirited radio broadcast and a number of social media posts which drew considerable support, Dave tells us he is hoping that Govia will think again…

We have been told that there’s a rumour circulating that Govia were going to remove all pedestrian access for the entire period  of the closure.  As far as we’re aware this is untrue.

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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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

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!

GTR promises temporary footbridge during bridge closure

***See press release today 18 December from Govia Thameslink (GTR)***

GTR is responsible for the work on Mill Road Bridge next year.  They will need to close Mill Road Bridge to motor vehicles to allow the work to be carried out.

We’ll continue to work with Mill Road traders, residents, the Cambridge Area Bus Users group, GTR, Spencer Group, and local councillors to make sure that the impacts of Bridge closure are minimised.

We’re getting there 🙂

Councillors meet with Govia: Update

Govia Thameslink met with Romsey and Petersfield councillors on 5th December to hear their views on the closure.  Govia’s have now provided their write-up of that session, which is linked here.

As our previous post, we still await more detail.  In particular, we know that pedestrian access across the Bridge will only be available for some of the closure period.  But for how long and when will the Bridge be completely closed?

Govia confirm that they are the lead contractor for the work, with the Spencer Engineering group reporting in to them.

A follow-up meeting with councillors has been promised for February 2019.  Meantime please sign and share the petition!