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Dualling plans move forward

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 11, 2013

A computer-generated image of the plans for the improved A30 at Temple, which is currently only single-carriageway.

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PLANS to spend £60 million dualling a 2.8-mile stretch of the A30 near Bodmin have taken another step forward.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that the scheme had been accepted for examination by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Eric Pickles, following its submission last month.

"After careful consideration, on behalf of the Secretary of State we have decided that the application submitted by Cornwall Council met the required tests set out in the legislation to be accepted for examination," announced Sir Michael Pitt, chief executive of the Planning Inspectorate.

"The applicant must now decide when to publicise the fact that its application has been accepted to proceed to examination and announce when members of the public will be able to register with the Planning Inspectorate as an interested party in the application."

Cornwall Council has predicted the new layout at Temple could result in a £117 million economic injection for the county.

The single-carriageway section carries about 19,000 cars a day on average, rising to 38,000 in summer, when it is plagued by congestion.

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