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"Chaos" Hits Busy Cornish Commuter Route

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 12:36pm 30th January 2017. (Updated at 2:43pm 30th January 2017)

Rush hour delays have hit south-east Cornwall as a four-month roadworks scheme gets underway.

Work is being carried out to improve safety at Lower Lodge - which means diversions and speed restrictions on the A38 in the Glynn Valley.

The £3.6 million scheme involves reinforcing the carriageway, construction of a new retaining wall, the installation of vehicle restraint barriers, drainage improvements, resurfacing and associated road marking, and throughout the work diversion routes will be clearly signed.

Officials say it should be completed in time to meet increased traffic volumes during the summer.

Nick Reed, area team leader for Highways England, said: "We have planned the work so it has the least impact on local communities, ensuring it coincides with the quietest period on the roads.

"We have liaised with businesses along the route and access will be maintained throughout the project, and will be clearly shown on the diversion route signing.

"Some overnight road closures and daytime diversions for westbound traffic will be needed to carry out this work, we apologise in advance for any inconvenience but we will keep any disruption to an absolute minimum."

Dave from Plymouth was caught up in it on Monday morning, and was late to work.

He said: "Traffic was nose to tail after Liskeard Westbound, with no prior warning. Then I was stationary for at least 10 minutes before only moving 100 yards at most.

"The traffic onto the A390 was solid as it's not designed to cope with such high volumes of traffic. You can get as far as Trago on the A38 westbound, but that's it.

"I turned off at The Halfway House and took the road through St Neot before ending up in Bodmin."

Night-time closures are in place, with signed diversion routes between the Twelvewoods and Turfdown roundabouts.

From 30th January, a 24-hour one-way system will operate between the Halfway House and Trago Mills.

Eastbound traffic will be unaffected during the daytime closure, with westbound traffic diverted via the A390 and access to Trago Mills maintained throughout.

For safety reasons, a 30mph speed limit will also be introduced through the works at the end of January.

All traffic management will be removed for the Easter Holiday weekend, with the 30mph speed limit remaining for safety reasons.

Overnight closures will resume after the Easter Holiday weekend until the completion of work in May.

Bruce Robertson, owner and chairman of Trago, said: "It will be business as usual during these essential works and Highways England have undertaken that diversions will be clearly posted throughout the affected routes, allowing the best possible access to Trago at all times.

"The new year safety work is supported by Cornwall Council and Jeremy Edwards, from the council’s Transportation Service, said:

"We are pleased that Highways England is investing in the maintenance of this key strategic route."

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