Cambridge Transport Follies: Hobson's Conduit

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November 2001

Hobson's Conduit was built from 1610 to 1614 to provide fresh water to Cambridge. It is now a historical relic and the stretch along Trumpington Street is dangerous for motorists and cyclists, and even pedestrians, and it should be covered over (as it is for a few short stretches). This is a clear and obvious safety issue, which somehow never gets addressed (the local government is far too busy harrassing motorists). It is not such a problem when there is not much traffic but the road regularly gets crowded (because of the Lion Yard car park). It will become much worse in future if Silver Street is closed (as proposed). Some people think it is amusing to see cars end up in the drain (a not uncommon occurence), but this is the kind of attitude which gives Cambridge a bad name.

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