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


A report on the potential of Mill Street and a suggestion on no matter if to near the bridge to targeted visitors again will be printed early up coming thirty day period.

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

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

Cambridge town councillor Dave Baigent, who sits on the govt board of the Higher Cambridge Partnership (GCP), which is the author of the report, has tweeted that he expects it to suggest that the bridge closes to personal motor cars.

He claimed he expects it to endorse to county councillors that they approve a “similar restriction as final time, additionally Blue Badge entry and opportunity taxi access”.

That place has not been confirmed.

The debate arrives after a temporary closure to private motor vehicles was trialled during the pandemic, then lifted.

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

Mill Road 4 Cambridge spokesperson Paul Lythgoe mentioned: “We will welcome it if the GCP has taken the perspective that Mill Street should really yet again be restricted to site visitors. We perhaps have no objection to the cars with Blue Badges (for people with disabilities) staying admitted around the bridge and not getting restricted. But we would want to see taxis coming above the bridge constrained to Hackney carriages registered inside Cambridge due to the fact they also have to be able 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 Highway, Cambridge. Photo: Keith Heppell

Biking charity Camcycle added: “Camcycle is on the lookout ahead to learning the final results of the most up-to-date session. We’re happy that a in depth and proof-based mostly approach has been utilized to generating this crucial selection about Mill Highway. We hope that the report has deemed local community support as very well as difficulties all-around air air pollution, security, congestion and what it normally takes to develop fantastic community spaces and risk-free active travel environments.

“Urgent motion must be taken to boost Mill Highway as nicely as the other streets and roads in Cambridge to guarantee our town is ready to fulfill targets on carbon reduction and escalating energetic vacation, so we phone on the county council’s highways committee to carry on to push for swift development on these strategies.”

Mill Street Traders spokesperson Piero D’Angelico mentioned: “The report will have to arrive out with a answer for the entire metropolis, not just for Mill Highway. So if they confirm that closing Mill Street will be valuable for the town, if there is evidence for that, then yes by all suggests do it. But I know there is a lot of troubles with site visitors in Cambridge and just closing the bridge is not going to fix all the complications. We trust the neighborhood authority will do a very good career.”

A county council spokesperson explained: “We comprehend a report from the Better Cambridge Partnership (GCP) will be coming to the next highways and transport committee on July 12. This report will set out GCP’s suggestions adhering to their consultation function on Mill Road. The committee papers will be posted on July 4.”

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