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Work on new A30 link road could start next year

Work on new A30 link road could start next year

Published by Emma Carton at 11:30am 15th October 2019. (Updated at 11:39am 15th October 2019)

It has been revealed that work on the road to link St Austell and the A30 could start as soon as spring 2020.

Officials have confirmed a contractor has been selected to design and build the new route.

The 3.9 miles-long stretch will run between the A391 at Carluddon, south of Stenalees, to the A30 at Victoria.

"This in an important milestone. The new road will boost business, inward investment and job growth as well as improving access to Cornwall Airport Newquay.

"This is a vital scheme which will boost economic growth in the mid Cornwall corridor between Newquay and St Austell.

"The Government has said that, in principle, it's prepared to contribute £79m to the scheme after a strong funding bid from Cornwall Council to the Department for Transport (DfT).  

"We'll now be submitting the final business case to the DfT for release of the funding.  

"The remaining £6m of funding for the new road is coming from Cornwall Council".

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council

What do we know about the route?

The new road will run from the Singlerose Roundabout south of Stenalees, bypassing to the west of Roche to link to the A30 via the Victoria junction.

The project will include significant landscaping to create a green corridor which will include the planting trees, shrubs, verges and species rich grassland to support wildlife habitats and insects.  

When the new road is complete, there will be new routes for walking, cycling and horse riding with 5 ½ miles of new paths to give greater opportunities for leisure and recreation.

Additional measures to improve the environment and reduce traffic speeds for residents through Roche, Bugle, Stenalees and along the B3274 Bodmin Road, will also form part of the project.

Depending on confirmation of government funding, construction could start in spring 2020, with the new road opening in 2022.

The work will be carried out by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, who are promising to take the "environment sensitivities" into account:

"We are delighted to be appointed as the main contractor for this critical new link in the mid Cornwall corridor. 

"We have considerable experience in delivering sustainable infrastructure projects, identifying all opportunities to enhance social, economic and environmental aspects. 

"We are acutely aware of the environmental sensitivities surrounding the scheme and will work in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders to make it a success.

"The Eden Project, through the National Wildflower Centre, has been working with Cornwall Council and partners to change the developmental ethos of road construction to deliver verifiable ecological gain over the longer term, including the creation of wildflower corridors and areas of new habitats. 

"We hope that many of the recommendations made within this scheme will become commonplace in any future road building projects".

Martyn Evans, Executive Director

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