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News Archive > General > New 290 million dual carriageway gets green light

New 290 million dual carriageway gets green light

By Alban Macleod 12th February 2020

New 290 million dual carriageway gets green light
The congested stretch of the A30 in mid Cornwall is set to be dualled.

PLANS to ease congestion at one of the last major bottlenecks in the county along the A30 near Mitchell have been given the green light.

Highways England has been given the go-ahead by the Government to dual an 8.7-mile stretch between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross.

The scheme includes a 70mph high-quality dual carriageway and a two-level junction at Carland Cross with a new roundabout north of the dual carriageway and re-using the existing roundabout to the south.

The plans also involve creating a two-level junction at Chiverton Cross and a new roundabout to ensure the free flow of traffic on the A30 and a new partial junction at Chybucca, built on two levels, with west-facing slip roads to provide access onto the dual carriageway from local routes.

Additionally, new bridges will be created at Tolgroggan Farm, Pennycomequick Lane and over the Allet to Tresawsen road to provide local access.

The existing A30 will be kept as a local route with new sections where necessary to provide continuity and connectivity for local communities.

Highways England’s £290 million improvement scheme, part of the Government’s £15 billion Road Investment Strategy, will help to promote economic growth, improve journey times and increase safety by unlocking one of the last major bottlenecks in the county.

There are hopes the project, which is estimated to cost at least £290 million, will be completed by 2023.

Newquay Central Cornwall councillor, Geoff Brown, the Cabinet member for Transport, said: “This is very welcome news for Cornwall. The scheme will help to improve journey times for local people, businesses and visitors. There is strong support locally to improve this stretch of the A30, and the project will build upon the excellent working relationship that we have with Highways England.”

Grant Shapps, the Secretary of State for Transport, has granted a Development Consent Order for work to start on the major A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross Dualling Scheme.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said: “This Government is committed to delivering an infrastructure revolution and levelling up access across the country. This vital upgrade of the A30 will improve safety, cut congestion, boost access for drivers on their daily commute and create better journeys for the surrounding communities.”

Highways England Senior Project Manager, Josh Hodder, said: “We’re delighted to receive the Secretary of State’s decision, which represents a major step in developing a scheme to help unlock congestion, promote economic growth and bring out better connectivity for local communities along the A30.

“Improving the A30 between Chiverton and Carland Cross is incredibly important for Cornwall’s future. It’s the only remaining stretch of single carriageway on the A30 between Camborne and the M5 at Exeter. Journeys on this part of the road are regularly delayed, congestion often brings traffic to a standstill and, as a result, the Cornish economy is being held back.”

Following the granting of planning consent, main construction works are scheduled to start later this year. During construction, the work will take place away from the existing A30 route to ensure continuity for traffic.

Mr Hodder added: “The existing A30 will remain open while the scheme is built alongside. We are currently finalising our construction partner. All phases of the work and associated traffic management will be explained to the local community before we start, and ongoing communication will keep people updated throughout.”

The cost of developing the scheme is being partly funded by an £8 million contribution from  the European Regional Development Fund, with an additional £12 million for the construction phase.

The remainder of the cost of developing and delivering the scheme is being funded by central Government. There is a six-week period in which the decision may be challenged in the High Court now a decision has been issued by the Secretary of State.

By Alban Macleod 12th February 2020

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