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£2.25million road improvements for busy Truro route

By KimMiddleton  |  Posted: September 11, 2012

Trafalgar Roundabout traffic

Trafalgar Roundabout traffic

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A £2.25million scheme of improvements along one of Truro's busiest routes is due to start next Friday, September 21.

Cornwall Council said the year of work on Trafalgar Roundabout, Tregolls Road and Morlaix Avenue will improve traffic flow and access for pedestrians and cyclists, upgrade the road surface, support public transport and re-route vital utility pipes.

The work will see a new pedestrian crossing built between the police station and the petrol station on Tregolls Road as well as a new right turn into Quay Street for buses travelling southbound on Morlaix Avenue. 

Trafalgar Roundabout is one of the busiest junctions in Truro carrying an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 vehicles each day.  

The work has been scheduled to take place mainly at night to avoid peak traffic periods and has also been planned to avoid key events including the City of Truro Carnival, Truro Half Marathon and the City of Lights parade, as well as late night Christmas shopping.

Sam Ward from CORMAC Solutions Ltd, which is carrying out the work alongside West Utilities and South West Water, said: "As this work is taking place on one of the busiest commuter routes in Truro we appreciate that motorists and local residents will be concerned about potential disruption. "The majority of the works will take place between 7pm and 6.30am and we realise that residents may have concerns about noise levels.

"We have however, programmed the work with road users and residents in mind and the work has been structured so that the noise levels are greatly reduced from 11pm. "We have talked to local residents about the scheme and during the works, members of the public are very welcome to visit our site office to talk about any concerns they might have."

South West Water will be replacing 298 metres of pipe, which the company's infrastructure delivery manager, Les Metcalfe, said will "help to deliver top quality drinking water to our customers in the area for years to come".

He added: "It will be necessary to turn off customers' water supply for short periods of time while we complete this work, but we will notify affected customers in advance." 

Councillor Graeme Hicks, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for transportation and highways, said: "Not only are we improving the road network to cater for an increase in traffic, we are making the road safer for pedestrians and cyclists and supporting public transport."

 For more information on the roadworks, including the time scales and frequently asked questions, visit www.cornwall.gov.uk/trafalgar.

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  • Truro_England  |  September 12 2012, 9:18AM

    The council are still dodging other bottle neck areas in and out of Truro like the A390 Penstrace and Union Hill to Tresillian then A39 through to Playing Place... As Truro's population grows these roads will need improving especially with new houses and supermarkets being built at the top of Falmouth road along Green Lane and by Truro college.

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  • goliath_david  |  September 12 2012, 8:00AM

    Excellent, looking forward to waiting at a red light at 2am on an empty roundabout. I still can't fathom how having a crossing from the police station to the Shell garage is going to help? Police station to the central island yes, as it's at the end of the dual carriageway to the roundabout, but central island to Shell is at the start of a roundabout and is bound to cause an accident with people stopping and others not realising there is a crossing at the start of a dual carriageway.

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  • cheekyman_jr  |  September 11 2012, 3:59PM

    The A30 is the Highways Authority problem. No matter how bad it is there Cornwall Council aren't going to pay for someone elses problem.

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  • bombheads12  |  September 11 2012, 3:18PM

    Whilst i do appreciate work being carried out in Truro to sort out one of the busiest junctions i do feel the money could have been better spent sorting out TEMPLE the number one culprit of backlogs and road rage in Cornwall. I do understand £2.25 million is not a lot but I am sure this money would have been better spent elswhere.

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