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Final version of A30 dualling plans go before Cornwall Council's cabinet tomorrow

By CG_News  |  Posted: July 30, 2013

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How the A30 could look under plans to dual the stretch near Temple

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THE final version of plans to dual a stretch of the A30 east of Bodmin is expected to win planning consent tomorrow, along with moves to seek the compulsory purchase of land between Temple and Higher Carblake.

Cornwall Council’s Cabinet has been advised to back a series of proposals which will see construction work start in January 2015.

The council will borrow half the £60 million cost and the rest will come from central government funds.

Officers have drawn up a list of land and buildings that must be compulsorily purchased to make way for the scheme, which will include several bridges over the A30.

The single-carriageway bottleneck regularly sees eastbound traffic tailing back 14km to Innis Downs during peak summer periods, delaying travellers by hours.

The council says the improvements will also reduce accidents on the single carriageway, which has seen more than twice the national average number of deaths and serious injuries for a trunk road.

Mark Allott, the council’s senior officer for major projects, has urged councillors to support the detailed proposals now in place.

“Improving this section of the A30 from one to two lanes in each direction has been an aspiration of the council for nearly 25 years,” said Mr Allott. “The [scheme] will deliver significant local improvements and wider benefits for Cornwall as a whole.”

After the Government’s offer of £30 million in December 2012 work had continued to refine the proposals, he said, including two rounds of formal consultations in which they received overwhelming support.

The council hoped to submit its detailed plans, including land identified for compulsory purchase, to the Government’s planning inspectorate, with the Secretary of State for Transport having the final say on granting consent for construction to begin.

Mick Martin, chairman of the A30 Action Group formed in 2006 to campaign for the single carriageway to be dualled, said he was confident it would finally go ahead.

“When we started the campaign people said it would never happen, but we kept going and finally there’s light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “These much-needed improvements will make the world of difference not only to the people who live in the area, but to Cornwall as a whole.”

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  • emurfitt  |  July 30 2013, 9:20PM

    We are running out of land fast and with a burgeoning population of 'gas guzzlers'. Soon we'll have to stop building roads because there won't be any land left. Let's start thinking what we'll do when that happens and start doing it now.

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  • josdave  |  July 30 2013, 4:08PM

    While I don't think like some that all cyclists are idiots, and like Clarkson think they should be taken off the roads, cyclists and dual carriageways do not mix. Back in the 70s the NHS did an advert showing a missile being test fired and with the caption "Bang goes another kidney machine" A similar thing could be said for all the extra roads being built "Bang goes x tonnes of food" But then the motorist comes first as usual.

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  • BradleyJJS  |  July 30 2013, 1:19PM

    The council seem very good at squandering millions on consultant fees to arrive at something a four year old could do with crayons and a pad of A4, next we need the four year old to work out the costing's which no doubt will double every few months as for mixing high speed traffic with idiots on bicycles a ludicrous suggestion they should have dedicated trails well away from traffic, others are correct for what this is costing they should have future proofed the plans by building 3\4 lanes each way, who cares what they call it M or A but it should evolve into a motorway in the very near future. Roads like the m1 m6 are already using hard shoulders to overcome capacity issues, build things which will last decades not till the time it opens.

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  • youngcornwall  |  July 30 2013, 12:28PM

    It is inevitable that Cornwall will have its own motorway eventually, only we Cornish are little slow on the uptake that is all.

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  • DipStick  |  July 30 2013, 12:11PM

    Oh, and "... tailing back 14km to Innis Downs ... ". We use MILES for roads in this country, no matter how long we have supposedly been using metric measures!! DS

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  • DipStick  |  July 30 2013, 12:07PM

    Dual carriageway all the way to Chivi to pick up the dual carriageway there would sort out the vast majority of the traffic jams we have in the holiday season. Chivi needs to have an underpass for the A30 (not a flyover - too obtrusive, especially as it's on reasonably high ground), the £500K spent recently was largely wasted. Oh, and you don't mix bicycles and 70mph traffic. Not a good idea, no matter how good a cyclist you are. Maybe a seperate cycle 'road' parallel to, but not on, the main carriageway. Anyway, the sooner they get this done the better! DS

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  • Truro_England  |  July 30 2013, 11:49AM

    I wish the M5 was brought all the way down to Truro at least.... Chiverton roundabout is a right mess when all that is needed is a fly-over.

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  • josdave  |  July 30 2013, 11:41AM

    With motoring becoming less enjoyable due to the increased traffic more dual carriageways will only make that worse. I am a biker, have been for 50 years but it is becoming less and less enjoyable with the increased traffic. Personally I avoid motorways and dual carriageways whenever I can as the alternatives are much better in terms of scenery etc. And with food production becoming more important than ever how do you equate that with digging up thousands of acres of good land so motorists can save a few minutes on their journey? I am not anti-car but a lot of the journeys are unnecessary and if these were cut out the traffic problem would be decimated. The simple answer is that the car has made a very large number of people lazy, just look outside schools in term time, so they won't stop making unnecessary trips and more and more land will be concreted over.

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  • kernewekonan  |  July 30 2013, 10:41AM

    will the Cornish road tax payers now be able to keep the tax within cornwall as we are funding this project by 50% Is there anywhere else in Britain doing the same of part financing their roads?

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  • bikecornwall  |  July 30 2013, 10:30AM

    Are there provisions for cycle lanes on this new road? It's essential that this is put in now to ensure the safety of all cyclists and to save money later. The inclusion of cycle lanes would show the Cornwall Council's true position of encouraging cycling within the county and the value this brings not only to local health but also tourism.

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