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Written by Brian Carter - 26 Nov 2014
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Location notes
A fairly new overbridge in south Cambridge, north of Shepreth Branch Junction where the two routes from Cambridge to London split.
Railway type and traffic
Frequent EMUs operated by Great Northern (317s, 321s and 365s) and Abellio Greater Anglia (317s and 379s), plus hourly class 170 DMUs operated by Cross Country. There's a very small amount of scheduled freight, plus less regular engineers' trains to and from Whitemoor.
Environment
The bridge was built to carry the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway's Addenbrooke's Hopsital branch over the railway line, and is right next to the Cambridge Biomedical Campus which includes Addenbrooke's Hospital. It also replaced a foot and cycle crossing, which has now been closed. The double track guided busway is on the north side of the bridge, with the foot and cycle path on the south side. The area is open (at present), although new housing is planned (and some partly built).
Road directions
From the M11 junction 11:
Take the A1309 towards Cambridge. After passing the Trumpington Park and Ride (on your left) and Waitrose (also on your left), you enter Trumpington; take the first right after the next set of traffic lights - Anstey Way (there are some shops on the corner). At the T junction (with a large grassed area in front of you), turn left (Paget Road), and follow this road - it bends sharply to the right. At the next sharp right-hand bend park up in the short cul-de-sac on the left and walk from here. Follow the footpath, which crosses a short non-guided section of the busway and leads up to the bridge - walking time is about 5-10 minutes.

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Addenbrooke's Hospital busway bridge, Cambridge map co-ordinates
Parking
You are parked in a residential area, but cannot see the car from the bridge - so take the usual precautions. Car crime is low in this area.
Public transport
Best way is by bus or guided bus to Addenbrooke's Hospital, and walk the short distance from there. The guided bus runs from Cambridge city centre, and passes Cambridge railway station en route. Make sure you catch a bus going to Addenbrooke's Hospital, and not Trumpington Park and Ride. You could also walk from Shelford station, but it's quite a distance: follow the cycle (and foot) path which runs on the east side of the line (head east along the road from Shelford station and take the first left to access the cycle path).

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Amenities
No toilets known of nearby. There are shops (including food) in Trumpington (on the corner of Anstey Way), and some in Addenbrooke's Hospital. Plenty of shops in central Cambridge. Pubs in Trumpington, plus a Chinese restaurant.
Accommodation
Plenty of accommodation in and around Cambridge (including several Travelodges).
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Addenbrooke's Hospital busway bridge, Cambridge

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Addenbrooke's Hospital busway bridge, Cambridge



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Photographic notes
The line runs almost north-south here, but shots from the east side of the line are not very good. Best in the afternoon from the west side looking both north and south, where the line is (at the time of writing) clear of vegetation. The sun moves round onto the front of northbound trains at around 5-6pm. No steps are required, as you are not looking over the bridge parapet.
Note that the footpath is on the south side of the bridge. Therefore to take photos looking northwards, it's necessary to cross the guided busway tracks. There is a spot to stand which is clear of the tracks, but it's probably better to be on the other side of the wooden fence (either climb over or walk round the end and along the side of the bank). Going a short way down the bank allows southbound trains to be unobscured by the overhead wires.
At the time of writing, because the area is so open, photography is possible until sunset (even 9pm in June) - there are no shadows across the tracks. However, with further housing developments planned, this is likely to change over the next few years.


General views - All photographs © Brian Carter unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south


Fig 1 - Looking south


Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north


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