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A30 Dualling Announcement

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1:56pm 5th December 2012
(Updated 1:56pm 5th December 2012)

Cornwall gets an early Christmas present from the Chancellor.

The goverment will help pay to turn the A30 into dual carriageway between Temple and Higher Carblake.

Plans to tackle the Duchy's most notorious traffic bottleneck have been revealed in George Osborne's Autumn budget.

It is part of a £5 billion investment in transport, schools and science.

Local MPs, businesses bosses and locas have been campaign to upgrade the stretch of road for years.

Mick Martin, from the A30 Action Group, said: "I would like to thank the people in the background who have done so much work on this for the people of Cornwall, and it is for everybody and they may balk at the costs, but to be quite frank, Cornwall needs it. It's as simple as that."

Dan Rogerson, North Cornwall MP said: "I have campaigned to get this stretch of the A30m dualled since before my election as MP in 2005. We refused to let things drop and with hard work, an excellent business case, together with a listening government, we will now see the scheme delivered.

"This fantastic news will make the road safer, will be good for business and good for local communities, particularly during this tough economic period.
"Under the previous two Governments this scheme languished undelivered, and I am therefore delighted that this Coalition Government has given it the green light."

Cornwall Council said it meant work on upgrading the 2.8 mile stretch can finally begin. Under a scheme put forward earlier this year, the council would stump up £30 million of local funding, matched by Government funding.

Jim Currie, Leader of Cornwall Council, said: "The Council has been working in partnership with the Highways Agency for sometime to develop this proposal and, whilst there is still a lot of work to do, I am pleased the Agency is confident the Council can deliver this scheme on its behalf".

Duchy business bosses think the scheme could be worth more than £100 million to our economy. Chris Pomfret, from Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "This scheme will play a vital role in the future prosperity of Cornwall by encouraging economic growth, aiding regeneration and business expansion and supporting tourism.

"As well as providing transport benefits in excess of £154m by reducing congestion and delays it will create benefits of more than £117m for the Cornish economy.  Cornwall is a great place to do business and these improvements will encourage inward investment and help existing businesses access bigger markets and improve exports to the rest of the UK and beyond".

1:56pm 5th December 2012

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