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UPDATE: Chiverton Cross To Carland Cross To Be Turned Into Dual Carriageway

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10:34am 1st December 2014
(Updated 10:34am 1st December 2014)

We are going to be able to drive all the way from Camborne to the M5 on dual carriageway.

It is because Chiverton Cross to Carland Cross is being upgraded.

That announcement is expected from the government later, as part of a big investment in road building.

The scheme is on top of fixing Temple, where work is due to begin in March.

There were fears it could actually wind up making the other bottleneck between Chiverton and Carland worse because of the extra traffic.

Delays on the stretch already cost Cornwall £3m a year, according to business leaders.

There is no word yet on how long it will take to complete or when work will begin - but it is expected to be within the next 5 years.

Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton has pushed for the work to be carried out. Speaking to Pirate FM after a visit by transport minister Patrick McLoughlin she told us: "He's given us a lot of investment into our rail system and already improvements in different schemes on the roads in Cornwall. So I think we should be very confident."

Mr McLoughlin said: "Roads are key to our nation's prosperity. For too long they have suffered from under-investment.

"This Government has a long term plan to secure the country's future and this £15bn roads programme is demonstration of that. Better roads allow us to travel freely, creating jobs and opportunities, benefiting hardworking families across the country."

Council Leader John Pollard said: “Having previously made the case for the dualling of the A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake, I am delighted that we have now been successful in gaining government support for the dualling of this further section of single carriageway road between Carland Cross and Chiverton"

”The completion of these much needed schemes will play a vital role in reducing delays on the A30 which currently costs over £10m a year in lost time alone. They will also play an important role in the future prosperity of Cornwall by encouraging economic growth, aiding regeneration and business expansion and supporting tourism."

Motoring groups welcomed the proposals. AA president Edmund King said: "We can no longer ignore the inadequate resources going into the mainstay of the UK transport system - our roads - which carry 86% of passenger journeys and more than 90% of freight.

"At long last the Government has recognised that we need a long term coherent plan for our roads, with guaranteed funding, to end the stop-start mess  experienced over the last few decades."

On a visit to the Duchy, Transport Minister Claire Perry said: "If you look at the economy of Cornwall you have some fantastic businesses here, but overall the economy needs to grow, we need to create more prosperity, and I think it is a recognition of how important transport is in really turning around the Cornish economy, and it is working already, and we really want that to continue.

"I think it is a great vote of confidence in the people on the ground able to deliver these schemes, and a real commitment of government because without investment in transport infrastructure you can't grow, you can't grow nationally and you can't grow in Cornwall."

10:34am 1st December 2014

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