A major transport scheme to create growth and jobs at Newquay’s Aerohub and airport has received a £2 million boost.
Newquay’s Enterprise Zone is currently unable to develop more than 40 per cent of the business park due to congestion constraints at Rialton junction.
In order to support growth at the Aerohub and in Newquay, a vital transport scheme is planned to remove the current pinch point at the junction – notoriously congested in the summer months – and create a ‘Rialton Link’ between Quintrell Road and Rialton Road.
The £3.34 million development has received a £1.9 million boost, after Cornwall Council secured the funding through the Department of Transport’s Pinch Point fund.
Cornwall councillor for St Mawgan and Colan, John Fitter, said the funding was “fantastic news”.
He said: “It provides another step towards the delivery of important, long-standing growth plans for the town, which will provide the right conditions for long-term economic growth.”
The link currently forms part of the planning application for the Newquay Strategic Route (NSR) – due to be considered by Cornwall Council’s Strategic Planning Committee tomorrow.
The NSR, which will eventually link the A392 at Hendra Holiday Park with the A3058 and A3059 to the north-east of the town, will form the backbone of Nansledan – the Duchy of Cornwall’s major development which will see nearly 4,000 homes built in Newquay during the next 40 to 50 years.
Welcoming the announcement from the Department of Transport, Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet member for transportation and waste, said: “This is an early Christmas present for Newquay which will hopefully be a building block for tomorrow’s economy.”
Stephen Gilbert, MP for Newquay and St Austell, said: “Plans to tackle the heavy traffic we see around Newquay – particularly in the summer – are long overdue and news that the funding has been approved is very welcome indeed.
“The long-term needs of Newquay will be best served by making it easy for locals, business people and tourists to easily get to and from the town.”
Subject to planning approval, construction could begin on the link in summer 2014 and is expected to take approximately ten months to complete.