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Safety fears over new A30 stretch for Cornwall

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1:47pm 16th May 2018
(Updated 1:47pm 16th May 2018)

By Local Democracy Reporter Richard Whitehouse

Safety concerns have been raised over plans to create a new dual carriageway on a busy section of the main road through Cornwall.

Cornwall Countryside Access Forum (CCAF) has raised major concerns over the proposals to dual the section of the A30 between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross.

The independent group has said that the current proposals put forward by Highways England had safety implications for cyclists and walkers.

CCAF was responding to consultation by Highways England on the £290million scheme which is aiming to get underway in 2019/20 and be complete by 2022/23.

The group’s response to the consultation is divided into different sections of the planned new road.

It said that the proposed crossing  on the new Chiverton Cross rounadbout “will lead to cyclists being unduly exposed to traffic hazards and as such is potentially dangerous”.

It adds: “The Forum strongly recommends that a dedicated crossing (whether by bridge or tunnel) is provided in place of the existing Chiverton Cross roundabout to accommodate horses, cyclists and pedestrians.”

The response continues: “This facility is not just desirable , it is vital and is the most important omission from the proposals and is the matter of primary concern to the Forum.”

Truro Cycle Campaign has been pushing for improved crossings at this section and CCAF has backed those calls.

Addressing the Chybucca junction to Zelah section the CCAF said: “The Forum welcomes the new junction arrangements but has reservations about potential safety issues, particularly for cyclists and horse riders.”

CCAF said that there needed to be a trail next to the carriageway with clear crossing points and that bridge parapets had to be high enough for cyclists and horse riders.

Turning to plans for a “green bridge” over one section of the planned new road the forum says that this should be upgraded to take non-motorised traffic as well as wildlife. It adds: “Humans as well as badgers need the connection.”

The Forum has welcomed plans for an underpass for walkers, cyclists and horse riders at Church Lane, Zelah and a planned underpass at Trevalso Lane.

However the CCAF says that its second major concern is the “lack of satisfactory crossing facilities at Carland”.

The group says that Highways England should investigate providing a non-motorised traffic access route between Carland and Mitchell on the old A30 route.

It adds: “Whatever is done, a safe connection needs to be made to take non-motorised traffic between Truro and Newquay.”

CCAF has also suggested that the existing A30, once the new section has been built and open, should be used as a cycle route and ban cyclists from using the new A30.

A spokesperson for Highways England told Pirate FM: "Consultation on our proposals for the A30 between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross finished in March.

"Part of our proposal includes improvements to local access for cyclists, equestrians, walkers and other non-motorised road users and we encouraged all interested groups to feedback on this.

"We are now reviewing feedback and we will use this to develop our proposals further.

"We are also investigating the feasibility of a number of local improvement projects not directly related to the scheme, some of which will focus on improving connectivity for cyclists, horse riders and pedestrians."

1:47pm 16th May 2018

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