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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
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?
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.
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!
Could there be a silver lining to the closure of Mill Road Bridge to motor vehicles in 2019?
The idea of reducing the amount of motor vehicle traffic on Mill Road has been much discussed in recent years. Benefits could include reduced pollution, safer cycling and walking, more reliable bus services and a more pleasant environment in which to live, work and shop. But we’re all conscious of the potential downsides – eg the impact on traffic in surrounding roads, the inconvenience for private motorists in particular for disabled drivers and the elderly, and logistical problems for bulk deliveries to the shops and business on Mill Road. The financial cost (or benefit) of reduced traffic on local shops and businesses is also unclear.
So given that the bridge has to be closed to vehicles for at least 8 weeks in 2019, there’s clearly an opportunity to better understand the impact of reducing traffic on this key Cambridge thoroughfare. For example
We’ll be starting conversations with Cambridge Cycling Campaign (Camcycle), local councillors, Mill Road businesses and the Cambridge Area Bus Users Group to progress these ideas.
Camcycle have produced this vision of a Mill Road with fewer cars. Improvements to the Mill Road streetscape that become practical with fewer cars around could be trialled during the closure.
But what do you think? Please do contact us and let us know your views.
***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 🙂
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!
Our supporters have provided more feedback on the drop-in on Tuesday. The Spencer Group need to be clearer on two points:
Spencer Group need to work to find a way to make 24×7 pedestrian access possible during a bridge closure that happens in July / August 2019.
Good news: they’re talking about maintaining pedestrian access for the majority of the period of the works, and changing the timing to the summer holidays when any periods of complete closure will have less impact, eg on school runs.
But we don’t have anything definitive on the periods when the bridge will be completely closed, and need confirmation on the rescheduling of the works to summer 2019.
There will be a further public briefing in January 2019 at which Over Mill Road Bridge will be expecting clarity on these outstanding questions. In the meantime, if you haven’t done so then please sign the petition!
Govia Thameslink have published a response in the face of the wave of public criticism of their plan for a complete closure of the Bridge next year. But are they really listening? Hard to say…
Please keep the pressure on by signing the petition, and do come to one of the drop-in sessions next Tue 27th November:
Govia Thameslink have organised 3 public drop in sessions on Tuesday the 27th November at the Earl of Beaconsfield 133 Mill Road, Cambridge CB1 3AA.
Please do come along to ensure Govia understand the strength of local feeling.
The sessions will run from 11:00 – 13:00, 14:00-16:00, and 17:00-19:00. Go through the pub to the Billiard Room / Swap Library at the rear. Step free access is available through the side gate on Gt Eastern Street, and the landlady will open that on request.
See poster from Govia Thameslink, they may be listening, but it is unclear what “planned periods of pedestrian access” will mean in practice…