Foot and cycle bridge across River Cam gets the green light from planners

PUBLISHED: 15:38 20 February 2017 | UPDATED: 15:38 20 February 2017

Plans to build a 45 metre foot and cycle bridge across the River Cam have been approved. PHOTO: Knight Architects.

Plans to build a 45 metre foot and cycle bridge across the River Cam have been approved. PHOTO: Knight Architects.

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Plans to build a 45 metre foot and cycle bridge across the River Cam have been approved.

Plans to build a 45 metre foot and cycle bridge across the River Cam have been approved. PHOTO: Knight Architects.Plans to build a 45 metre foot and cycle bridge across the River Cam have been approved. PHOTO: Knight Architects.

At a committee meeting on Thursday, the Knight Architects and Skanska design team received several positive comments from the councillors preceding the vote, including comments on the “beautiful design” of the bridge.

A spokesman said: “The ‘Abbey/Chesterton foot and cycle bridge’ will form a vital part of the Chisholm Trail; expanding the capacity of Cambridge’s cycle network.

“An alignment has been chosen that sits close to the eastern side of the existing railway bridge on the boundary between Stourbridge Common and Ditton Meadows; an optimal position that creates the least visual impact on the sensitive Ditton Meadow environment, whilst allowing the ramps to be arranged for the comfort and safety of cyclists and pedestrians.

“The bridge itself takes the unique form of an ornate lattice U-beam, with a structural pattern wrapped around the deck.

Plans to build a 45 metre foot and cycle bridge across the River Cam have been approved. PHOTO: Knight Architects.Plans to build a 45 metre foot and cycle bridge across the River Cam have been approved. PHOTO: Knight Architects.

“Cyclists will enjoy a wide deck on which a shallow kerb is used to clearly separate cycle traffic from pedestrian users.

“The inclined parapet follows a gently curving profile on which the intersecting ribs create a pattern of ‘picture window’ openings through which bridge users can enjoy views of the meadows.

“Opportunities to stop, rest and enjoy the landscape are created by generous areas of seating at the bridge ends.

“A ‘Cambridge Blue’ colour finish which complements the adjoining historic railway bridge is recessive in the natural environment and evokes the cultural and sporting context of the river.

“The approach ramps are designed as earthen embankments, screened by natural planting; a suitable appearance in the beautiful landscape of Ditton Meadows.”

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