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Latest updates on major road schemes planned in Cornwall

Latest updates on major road schemes planned in Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:50am 13th July 2020.

Written by Richard Whitehouse, Local Democracy Reporter

The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on almost everything in the world, not least development schemes.

In Cornwall several major road schemes have either had to be put on hold or changed their timetables as a result, in part, of COVID-19.

This week Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet member for transport, is set to give an update on some of the projects in Cornwall.

St Austell to A30 link road

Works on this major project to build a new 3.9mile single carriageway road linking St Austell to the A30 had been due to start in March, just before lockdown was announced.

The £87million project has been given government funding and will provide a new direct link to the A30 and bypass Roche.

It has taken years to get the project off the ground and it will have to wait a bit longer as work is now set to start in the Autumn.

In his report Cllr Brown states: “Griffiths has been appointed as the design and build contractor following a robust procurement process. They were planning to mobilize for a start of works in Spring 2020, subject to final funding confirmation, but further surveys and investigations were identified to discharge some planning conditions, and then further delays were introduced through COVID-19. Mobilisation and a planned start is now anticipated for Autumn 2020.”

The area for the new St Austell to A30 link road
The area for the new St Austell to A30 link road

Truro Northern Access Road

A key part of the planned Langarth Garden Village is the Truro Northern Access Road (NAR) which will serve the whole site.

The major development will see thousands of new homes built across several sites which stretch from Langarth to the edge of Treliske.

As well as the homes there are plans for schools, the Stadium for Cornwall, shops, employment space and community facilities across the development.

Cornwall Council is taking the lead on the scheme after making an intervention after a series of planning applications approved across the various sites came to a halt.

An interim road for the development has been granted planning permission and work is due to start on that in September.

On the NAR Cllr Brown states: “The design for the Truro Northern Access Road (NAR) is due to be submitted as part of the Langarth Garden Village hybrid planning application in October 2020. The Land purchase is progressing with approximately 50% of the length required already acquired by negotiation. In parallel with negotiation a compulsory purchase strategy has been prepared should the council fail to reach agreement on particular
plots.”

langarth garden village
langarth garden village

Newquay Strategic Route

Another road which is designed to support a major housing development the Newquay Strategic Route (NSR) is for the Newquay Growth Area, now known as Nansledan.

Phase one of the project is already complete but work is set to start on phases two and three which include a new railway bridge, Chapel Stream bridge and the western arm of the route.

Cllr Brown, in his update, states: “Delivery of these sections will complete the NSR providing full scheme benefits. The approved project budget is £24.38m, however this includes some S106 funding that is still at risk. Negotiations with the various landowners are ongoing and the contract for the design of the new rail bridge is currently being finalised with Network Rail and we are hoping will be signed by the end of July. A cost review has identified that the proposals are over budget and work is currently underway to identify aspects of the project where financial savings could be made.”

nansledan phase 6 newquay
Nansledan phase 6

A39 Atlantic Highway – Camelford Bypass

Like the St Austell to A30 link road this project has been one which local people have waited for and wanted for a long time.

At an earlier stage in development than the other projects mentioned here the update states that the Department for Transport has provided £540,000 towards scheme development and preparation of an outline business case.

The outline business case is due to be submitted by the end of the year with further decisions set for 2021. Once complete a planing application and land acquisition process will follow in late 2021.

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