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The u-turns being reported to police in Cornwall

The u-turns being reported to police in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:01am 7th December 2019. (Updated at 11:29am 7th December 2019)

It has been revealed how many times police have been called to reports of drivers doing u-turns on a notorious stretch of Cornwall's A30.

There have been numerous reports of 'dangerous manoeuvres' being performed on the Hayle bypass over many years, including a string of crashes.

Devon and Cornwall Police data shows that there have been 16 reports on that road over the past two years.

A freedom of information request was submitted, which said:

"I would like to know, if possible please, information about reports sent to the police regarding drivers performing u-turns on the Hayle bypass. 

"In particular I'd like to know data for this year and last year in terms of how many reports you received, how many reports were followed up and the results of those reports (i.e. did anyone actually get prosecuted?)"

uturns hayle crash


It comes just months after a new petition was launched, branding u-turns on the Hayle bypass as "illegal and reckless".

Mid-Cornwall Motorcycle Action Group is calling for a dual carriageway between Camborne and St Erth.

Campaigners say that is the only way to ensure the installation of a "desperately needed" central reservation.

"The stretch of the A30 from Camborne to St Erth has become a dangerous stretch of road due to the reckless illegal u-turns made by impatient drivers. 

"We are requesting that this part of the A30 be changed to dual carriageway in order to place a central reservation to prevent this dangerous manoeuvring. 

"It will create a safer stretch of road where currently accidents are on the increase.  

"Current signage has been improved but is still inadequate and as there is no way of physically preventing vehicles from committing hazardous manoeuvres.

"There needs to be something adequate put in place".

Mid-Cornwall Motorcycle Action Group

U-turns on the A30 at Hayle


When were the 16 u-turn offences reported to Devon and Cornwall Police in 2018 and 2019?

    • 12 May 2018 RTC - Incident - Death/Injury Motorcyclist was hit by car doing a U-turn where there are solid white line
    • 01 Aug 2018 Highway Disruption  Traffic is pretty heavy and vehicle was seen to do a U-turn despite signs stating not to
    • 02 Aug 2018 RTC - Incident - Death/Injury Vehicle has done a u turn and knocked someone off on a motorbike
    • 07 Aug 2018 Road Related Offence Vehicles doing U-turns in traffic Words of advice given to driver
    • 14 Aug 2018 Highway Disruption Looks like there has been an RTC causing obstruction in the carriageway and vehicles doing u turns
    • 15 Aug 2018 Road Related Offence In a queue of traffic on route to Penzance a black car did an illegal U-turn 
    • 03 Sep 2018 Road Related Offence of the roundabout , caller was able to stop and put hazard lights on and allowed car to do a U-turn
    • 14 Oct 2018 RTC - Incident - Death/Injury Attempted U-turn
    • 12 Nov 2018 Road Related Offence Vehicle did a U-turn in traffic
    • 29 Mar 2019 Highway Disruption There are now tailbacks and caller has witnessed approx. 20 cars now perform U-turns on the a30 in order to head back the other way
    • 30 Mar 2019 Highway Disruption Vehicles doing U-turns
    • 18 Apr 2019 Road Related Offence Caller reporting a lot of vehicles are doing U-turns on the Hayle by pass
    • 28 May 2019 Road Related Offence Vehicles doing U-turns, significant disruption for unknown reason Roads Policing Unit have spoken to a number of drivers regarding this illegal manourvre
    • 07 Jul 2019 RTC - Damage Only Caller in the queue of traffic along the a30 Hayle - she is reporting several impatient vehicles doing u turns across 3 lanes of traffic
    • 17 Jul 2019 Highway Disruption Offenders drove off after doing illegal U-turns Roads Policing Unit attended to deter further offences
    • 18 Jul 2019 Highway Disruption Traffic is horrendous and vehicles are doing U-turns on the road

This footage, sent to Pirate FM anonymously, has been shared on YouTube with the caption: "Is this the most dangerous part of the A30 due to driving behaviour?".

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