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News Archive > General > Link road work to start in summer

Link road work to start in summer

By Simon Fernley 26th February 2020

Link road work to start in summer
St ustell MP Steve Double with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling in Roche in 2017

WORK ON the new 3.9 mile road which will link St Austell and the A30 is set to get underway this summer.

It had been hoped that construction of the new route, which aims to better link communities in and around St Austell to the rest of Cornwall and the UK, in a bid to boost employment, housing and regeneration in the area, would begin in the spring.

But MP for St Austell, Steve Double, confirmed: “We are in the final stages of getting this new road signed off. Hopefully construction will begin by summer this year.”

Communities on the outskirts of St Austell which have been blighted by heavy traffic for years finally had their wish for the new A30 to St Austell link road granted in April last year.

The road will link the A391 at Carluddon with the A30 at Victoria. The Government has said it is prepared to contribute £79m to the new 60mph single carriageway, with the remaining £6m of funding coming from Cornwall Council.

The project has been hailed not only as a chance to bring opportunities to the area including economic growth and better connectivity for residents, but it will also help to resolve traffic problems.

Residents in Roche, where an articulated lorry passes through the village every minute, and Bugle said the new link road could not come soon enough as their villages were being used as a route from the A30 to St Austell.

Cornwall Council’s strategic planning committee approved the scheme after hearing that the “exemplar” road would provide a community highway incorporating the needs and desires of many different groups last year.

Speaking to the committee at the time, Cornwall councillor for Roche, John Wood, said the project was “far more than just another road” and asked members of the committee to approve it. He said it was community restoration and when people asked what that meant he told them “we are going to give you your villages back”.

Complementary traffic management measures in surrounding villages and roads will be built once the link road is open which could include HGV restrictions, widening footways, and traffic calming to prevent through traffic.

The council secured £1.5m from central Government to investigate potential options for a new link road from the A30 to St Austell. In March 2016 the council’s cabinet approved the development of a business case for consideration by central Government and two month’s later more than 1,000 residents attended public events to give their views on two potential route options - one near Roche and one near Bugle. 

Cabinet members gave the green light for the preferred Roche route which was selected on cost, deliverability, impact on the environment and lowest engineering risk. A final business case has been submitted to the Department for Transport for release of the funding. Construction now looks set to begin in the summer with the new road opening by early 2022.

By Simon Fernley 26th February 2020

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