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Calls for urgent safety work on Cornwall's A38

Calls for urgent safety work on Cornwall's A38

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 1:48pm 13th May 2019.

Campaigners say thoughts go out to all those affected after another fatal crash on Cornwall's A38.

A 69-year-old woman from Looe lost her life last week after the collision at Menheniot.

Now the group Safe 38 is calling for more urgent safety measures to be rolled out in the area.

It says after months of hard work, safety camera enforcement has been increased.

The campaign group says it also wants to see large-scale junction improvements at at Lean Quarry and Menheniot and dualling works to be implemented as soon as possible.

It's calling for these to be delivered urgently to reduce the risk of more lives being needlessly lost.

Safe38 has launched a petition calling on the Government to urgently review the need to include funding for a dual carriageway bypass along the route between Saltash and Trerulefoot.

Over 2200 people have signed the petition showing significant local support for the improvement.

You can find it here.

"In the short term we desperately need the package of safety interventions to be delivered as soon as possible to help reduce the serious and fatal collision rate that is currently 2-3 times over the national average. With summer approaching the roads will get busier and the risk of serious collisions increases. We would encourage drivers to remain vigilant at the wheel and do everything they can to drive safely as collectively we can have a massive impact on improving safety by how we drive.

"In addition to the need for a new bypass between Saltash and Trerulefoot we are desperate to see safety improved at the Menheniot and Lean Quarry junctions as well. I was in the room in Westminster last October when this junction improvement scheme was given the thumbs up by the Secretary of State to be developed for delivery. There was certainly an appetite to see these junctions improved through the provision of a split-level junction, closure of the central reserve crossing and provision of a local access road to facilitate all vehicle movements. We know that many people are working hard to see these projects delivered but we are calling on Highways England to implement these major works as soon as possible as our understanding is that this junction improvement could be delivered relatively quickly due to the advanced nature of the plans.

"To date over 2200 people have signed the petition for a bypass between Saltash and Trerulefoot with over 1300 people from South East Cornwall alone and hundreds more from across Cornwall and Devon showing their support. These numbers are significant and should demonstrate to the Government that there is significant public support for these proposals. The residents of South east Cornwall and visitors alike need the A38 to be fit for purpose, the current road is not. While the safety and economic reasons behind junction improvements and new roads are convincing, we don't consider these to be simply about providing routes for more cars and more people, it is about improving the environment we all live in, enabling the current single carriageway sections of the A38 to be used as a local access road for buses, cyclists and local traffic. This would work towards providing South East Cornwall with an integrated transport network that is fit for purpose for generations to come."

James Millidge, Safe 38

You can find out more here.

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