Directions to 31 Springfield Road, Cambridge CB4 1AD, UK
runs roughly north east from Mitcham’s Corner, between Chesterton Road and Milton Road. Mitcham’s Corner is about three-quarters of a mile north east of the centre of Cambridge. Number 31 is about half-way up Springfield Road on the left, with a red door. It is roughly at the end of the arrow at http://www.streetmap.co.uk/newmap.srf?x=545380&y=259598&z=0&pc=CB4+1AD, but observe that not everything that appears to be a road on that map is actually a road, and that not all restrictions are marked: in particular, there is no entry from Herbert Street into Springfield Road.
There are lots of links to useful local information, including travel and accommodation, on the University web site.
On foot from Cambridge city centre
Follow King Street or Jesus Lane away from the centre; when you get to the large roundabout bear left up Victoria Avenue.
(A) Continue along Victoria Avenue, over the bridge over the river, and continue until you reach the major junction with Chesterton Road with The Jolly Waterman pub on your left. Turn right and walk past the row of shops. When you get to Thresher, you should be able to see the entrance to Springfield Road over to your left.
There are frequent National Express services from Gatwick (3 hours), Heathrow (2 hours) and Stansted (45 minutes) airports, and London Victoria coach station (2 hours). There are also regular services from Luton airport (1 hour), Oxford (3 hours) and elsewhere.
Coaches arrive at Drummer Street coach and bus station in the centre of Cambridge. It is a 5 minute taxi ride or a 15 minute walk to Springfield Road. There is a taxi rank at Drummer Street; there is another nearby through the arcade opposite the bus part of the station, towards the city centre. On foot, follow signs to the Grafton Centre (away from the city centre), cutting across the park (Christ’s Pieces) behind the bus station towards the pedestrian crossing on Emmanuel Road. Turn left up Emmanuel Road.
(B) Follow Emmanuel Road as it becomes Short Street and you reach a large roundabout. Go straight ahead to Victoria Avenue. Goto (A) above.
There are frequent train services from London Kings Cross (normally 45-75 minutes) and London Liverpool Street (normally 70-90 minutes). There are also services from Liverpool, Birmingham, Peterborough, Ely, Stansted airport and elsewhere. Consult the traintimes.org.uk or Die Bahn international timetables for further information.
Cambridge station is situated to the south-east of the city, a 15 minute taxi ride, a 20 minute bus ride, or a 30-35 minute walk from Springfield Road. On leaving the station the taxi rank is to your right, and the bus stop is straight ahead. The ‘citi’ (sic) 1 local bus links the railway station to Mitcham’s corner (ask for the City football ground: Springfield Road is directly behind the row of shops and take-aways opposite the stop).
Alternatively, walk straight ahead up Station Road. Bear right at the end up Hills Road, and continue straight on until you reach a major road junction (with Lensfield Road on the left and Gonville Place on the right), just after a large church on the left. Turn right here, and shortly you will see a large park (Parker’s Piece) on the left. Follow the path diagonally across the park and when you reach the road (Parkside) on the opposite side bear left. Follow the road straight on as it becomes Parker Street, and turn right at the mini-roundabout just before the bus and coach station. You are now in Emmanuel Road. Goto (B) above.
(C) Leave A14 at junction marked A10 (Ely) and A1309 (Cambridge). Take Cambridge exit at roundabout, signed Cambridge and Science Park. You are now on Milton Road. Follow Milton Road past Science Park, VW garage, Ford garage on right, and on for another mile or so going straight on at each junction. At roundabout go straight on (not following main flow of traffic). After another half mile, just after a small row of shops including several take-aways on your left, you come to Mitcham’s Corner, a gyratory one-way roundaboutesque affair sporting lots of traffic lights. Approach in left-hand lane. The first exit from Mitcham’s corner is Springfield Road, a very narrow road that is easy to miss the first time round.
Parking is sometimes available on Springfield Road: if not, follow the road round to the right and then turn left into Herbert Street, where there may also be parking. At the top of Herbert Street you are delivered back onto Milton Road, whereupon you can turn left and try again.
For a less stressful parking experience, take the second exit from Mitcham’s Corner (Chesterton Road, towards Chesterton), and then next right by the bicycle shop into Hamilton Road. This is a residential area with a small amount of on-street parking available, but much of it is restricted to permit holders.
If you get lost, ask for directions to Staples office supplies (which is on Mitcham’s Corner): you can then loop around Mitcham’s Corner until you work out where you are.
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