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Budget green lights upgrades for two main roads

Budget green lights upgrades for two main roads

Published by Emma Carton at 3:27pm 12th March 2020.

Campaigners have welcomed a cash boost for the main road dubbed one of Cornwall's most dangerous.

The A38 was among those earmarked for an upgrade in Wednesday's budget.

It comes after a string of serious-injury crashes on the stretch at Trerulefoot.

There is also going to be more money for the A39 Atlantic Highway too.

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The A38 is among two main roads in Cornwall earmarked for upgrades in the 2020 budget. Photo: Safe 38

What upgrades are on the cards?

  • A303 Stonehenge (Wiltshire)
  • A38 Trerulefoot (Cornwall)
  • A417 Air Balloon (Gloucestershire)
  • Severn Resilience package (around Bristol)
  • A350/M4 Junction 17 (Wiltshire)
  • A39 Atlantic Highway (Cornwall)
  • A38 Walton/Ashcott Bypass (Somerset)
  • M5 Junction 9/A46 (Gloucestershire)
  • £4.2billion Local Public Transport Fund for combined authority areas, including the West of England, for bus and train services
  • £51million for Plymouth, including £35million for a new Central Park cycling and walking bridge
  • £79million for Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole, including funding for four cycle freeways
  • £88million extra for Potholes Fund in 2020-21

Developing new strategic road schemes and upgrades in the South West:

"We will develop new road schemes, including the A303 Stonehenge, A417 Air Balloon and a Severn Resilience package around Bristol. 

"We are also developing major road upgrades, including the A350/M4 Junction 17 in Wiltshire, the A39 Atlantic Highway in Cornwall, the A38 Walton/Ashcott Bypass in Somerset and the M5 Junction 9/A46 in Gloucestershire.

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What do campaigners say?

Cornwall campaign group, Safe 38, has been pushing for improvements on the A38 at Trerulefoot for years.

In Wednesday's budget, the stretch from Carkeel to Trerulefoot was named as an RIS 3 (Road Improvement Strategy) pipeline scheme.

Further announcements from Cornwall Council heralded its inclusion as a major road upgrade.

"The budget announcement brought some fantastic news for SE Cornwall and we're absolutely thrilled. For the last two years so many local people, campaigners, councillors and MPs alike, both on a local and regional level, have been working really hard to get the Government to recognise the need for upgrading this vitally important part of the Strategic Road Network. This has been achieved.

"There is still a very long way to go but we are very cautiously optimistic. Being a named scheme puts the A38 in SE Cornwall very much on the map and we are just awaiting now the finer detail. Looking at the feasibility for long-term road improvements like dualling the A38 to bypass villages like Tideford and Landrake is just the first step of a very long process. We will continue to campaign to get this essential scheme developed and funded and ultimately delivered for SE Cornwall.

"We are also working alongside Highways England and Cornwall Council to see smaller scale safety measures put in place. 

"The funding that is available for these interventions is still not clear and I would call upon Highways England to ensure that these are made an absolute priority in the short term as they will result in lives being saved".

Chair of Safe38, James Millidge

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