December 1, 2023


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Councillor predicts report will call for Mill Road bridge in Cambridge to be closed to private motor vehicles again

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A report on the upcoming of Mill Street and a advice on irrespective of whether to shut the bridge to website traffic yet again will be printed early future thirty day period.

Cambridgeshire County Council has verified the publication date will be July 4.

Cllr Dave Baigent during the debate on Mill Road bridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cllr Dave Baigent during the discussion on Mill Street bridge. Image: Keith Heppell

Cambridge metropolis councillor Dave Baigent, who sits on the govt board of the Better Cambridge Partnership (GCP), which is the writer of the report, has tweeted that he expects it to propose that the bridge closes to personal motor automobiles.

He said he expects it to endorse to county councillors that they approve a “similar restriction as past time, as well as Blue Badge entry and prospective taxi access”.

That posture has not been confirmed.

The discussion will come just after a temporary closure to non-public motor autos was trialled throughout the pandemic, then lifted.

[Read more: The future of Mill Road in Cambridge: Four groups make their case]

Mill Street 4 Cambridge spokesperson Paul Lythgoe explained: “We will welcome it if the GCP has taken the perspective that Mill Street need to yet again be limited to traffic. We maybe have no objection to the cars and trucks with Blue Badges (for persons with disabilities) becoming admitted above the bridge and not getting limited. But we would like to see taxis coming in excess of the bridge constrained to Hackney carriages registered within Cambridge since they also have to be ready to have disabled passengers.”

Cllr Dave Baigent at Romsey Labour Club in Mill Road, Cambridge. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cllr Dave Baigent at Romsey Labour Club in Mill Street, Cambridge. Photo: Keith Heppell

Biking charity Camcycle additional: “Camcycle is searching ahead to discovering the benefits of the latest session. We’re happy that a detailed and proof-dependent solution has been applied to making this vital determination about Mill Road. We hope that the report has viewed as group assist as nicely as difficulties about air pollution, basic safety, congestion and what it usually takes to develop excellent public spaces and harmless energetic journey environments.

“Urgent motion need to be taken to improve Mill Highway as perfectly as the other streets and roads in Cambridge to guarantee our metropolis is equipped to satisfy targets on carbon reduction and escalating energetic journey, so we connect with on the county council’s highways committee to keep on to push for immediate development on these strategies.”

Mill Street Traders spokesperson Piero D’Angelico explained: “The report will have to arrive out with a answer for the complete city, not just for Mill Highway. So if they verify that closing Mill Highway will be useful for the city, if there is proof for that, then sure by all suggests do it. But I know there’s heaps of troubles with targeted traffic in Cambridge and just closing the bridge is not going to address all the challenges. We have faith in the regional authority will do a very good occupation.”

A county council spokesperson stated: “We realize a report from the Greater Cambridge Partnership (GCP) will be coming to the up coming highways and transportation committee on July 12. This report will established out GCP’s tips subsequent their consultation do the job on Mill Road. The committee papers will be revealed on July 4.”


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