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9:49am 15th July 2017
(Updated 9:49am 15th July 2017)

A Cornwall MP says businesses in the Duchy can expect a positive economic boost, as the new dual carriage way opens on the A30 at Temple.

Scott Mann, who represents north Cornwall, thinks there has already been evidence of a growth in the area.

It comes after drivers were given access to the new road after two years of improvement works.

Scott said: "The economic benefits are already being seen within the wider community, with businesses looking to relocate to Bodmin.

"Obviously we've seen congestion here in the past over summers, now the visitor experience coming in and out of Cornwall is going to be much better.

"But it's also beneficial to the residents here in north Cornwall."

 

Officials have described the project as one of Cornwall's most important strategic routes, which runs between Temple and higher Carblake.

They claim long delays for drivers and queues of up to nine miles during peak season will be a thing of the past - with the improvement expected to bring big tourism benefits to Cornwall, as well as open up access for business investment and economic growth.

During its busiest time, this section carried around 40,000 vehicles a day, with the annual cost of delays due to congestion for business, residents and visitors using the route estimated to cost more than £235m a year.

Now they hope the completion will bring in more than £134 million into the Cornish economy every year.

The £59m project, led by Cornwall Council and Highways England, has replaced the 4.5km stretch of road with a new dual carriageway which it is hoped will not only improve traffic flows, but also provide more reliable journey times and help improve road safety.

Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council's Cabinet Member for Transport, said: "The opening of the A30 at Bodmin Moor means better access, faster journey times, less traffic on local roads and millions of pounds in economic benefits for Cornwall. It will also enable our emergency services to travel to incidents more quickly.

"This is an excellent example of how the Council, the Dual the A30 Action Group, Highways England and the Department for Transport have worked together and not only delivered a project five years sooner than expected, but have saved nearly £60 million for taxpayers.

"I would like to thank local residents and visitors for their patience while the roadworks were underway. In particular, the small settlements and communities across Bodmin Moor who have long campaigned for the A30 dualling and who will notice a big difference as congestion eases and fewer drivers take detours through narrow country lanes through the local villages."

 

The project includes the construction of three bridges - at Cardinham, Preeze Cross, and Temple Tor - providing access to the nearby local communities.

The bridges at Preeze Cross opened on Friday, with the bridge at Cardinham opening within two weeks and the third bridge at Temple Tor due to open during September.

Following the success of the project, proposals to dual the next single carriageway section of the A30 between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross will now continue - after Pirate FM told you about the preferred route -LINK.

The opening of the dual carriageway has also been welcomed by Cornwall's tourism industry.

Malcolm Bell from Visit Cornwall said: "The industry will be delighted to see this bottleneck removed and open before the peak season.

"It will mean that people can drive from all parts of the country and, once they join the motorway near them, there will be no single carriageway sections to slow their journey until they get to outside Truro".

Around 70% of residents in Cornwall and more than 80% of workers are based to the west of Temple.

More than three quarters of businesses surveyed at the start of the scheme predicted that it would have a positive impact on their business, and almost half said it would result in increased investment and employment in their company.

Mark Duddridge, Chairman of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "Good infrastructure is critical to the success of any region and this stretch of road removes one of the most notorious bottlenecks in Cornwall. Congratulations to all involved."

Kim Conchie, Chief Executive of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, added: "The major benefits to businesses west of Bodmin Moor are that journey times will be shorter and more reliable for their goods, people and customers."

Want to know some stats about the new road? Read on...

  • 130,000 m² of tarmac laid - the equivalent of surfacing 18 Wembley sized football pitches
  • 61,750 tons of subbase (803) - laid the equivalent to filling 47 Olympic sized swimming pools
  • 15,000 metres of vehicle safety barrier - equivalent to the distance between Chiverton Cross to Mitchell
  • 5,500 metres of Cornish hedge planted
  • 300,000 tons of earth moved - equivalent to filling 226 Olympic sized swimming pools
  • 484 manholes constructed
  • 19,500 metres of pipework laid equivalent to the distance from Bodmin to St Austell
  • 4,000 metres of communication duct laid
  • 2,750 m³ concrete for structures
  • 10,000 metres of post and rail fence
  • 4,000 m concrete drainage channel
  • 15,000 trees / shrubs planted
  • 95,000 m² of grass seeding equivalent to seeding 13 Wembley sized football pitches
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