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Online fingers are crossed for upgrade of A30

By West Briton  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

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NEWS that one of Cornwall's must notorious bottlenecks could be solved in a £112 million project have been largely welcomed.

Since the West Briton broke the news last week that a bid is being made to get the A30 dualled between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross, dozens of people have commented.

Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton was joined by officers and councillors from Cornwall Council to meet with Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, to lobby for his backing for the plans. The Department for Transport has agreed to fund work on a business case for the project to be drawn up.

It is hoped that if successful the project could be earmarked for funding by the Chancellor in his autumn budget statement.

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On the West Briton Facebook page dozens of readers joined the debate about the proposals.

Robert Catanzaro said: "The extra time spent and fuel inefficient speeds all adds to the extra cost of rural life. The whole county needs to be reassessed and invested in, but particularly the spine routes in and out. Just get on with it ..."

Callum Wason said: "Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes: how many yeses do we need to finally get this done?"

Nicola Rostill said: "Yes! And no, it's not for the emmets as someone has suggested. More traffic due to workers, etc, means the poorly designed roads can't cope with the sheer volume of traffic ... it's a nightmare if you commute daily in and out of Truro."

Debs Venton wrote: "Yes! Driving down from Carland Cross to Chiverton takes forever in the mornings, admittedly not helped by people travelling west stopping completely to allow traffic from the other side to cross to the road!"

Chris Ayres said: "That section of road desperately needs updating, along with the stretch of A30 near Bodmin where it bottlenecks dangerous bit of road ... Hopefully only minimal amount of countryside is sacrificed ..."

Verity Watson said: "Yes, yes, yes! That stretch of the A30 is the bane of my life. Get it sorted!"

Helen Crago added: "About time too! A dual carriageway between Launceston and Penzance – the A30 main artery is essential, without any bottlenecks!"

On the West Briton website digger 1957 wrote: "I hope this happens – I had to go to Wadebridge last Friday on my motorbike: it took me 1 hour 40 mins to get from Chiverton Cross to Carland Cross and that's with filtering through the traffic when it was safe to so all you could see was cars with caravans, lorries, more cars, tractors, etc, etc."

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