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.”