After 12 months of free car parking while £7.5m of town improvements were underway, parking charges in Bodmin’s three town centre car parks are set to be reinstated from Sunday 1 October.
The £7.5m investment in the ‘Building a better Bodmin’ project aims to improve traffic flows, make it safer for people walking and cycling in the area and provide a catalyst for the regeneration of the local economy.
While work has been underway, residents and visitors to the town have benefitted from free parking in Fore Street, Priory Road and Dennison Road. The free parking has been offered by both Cornwall Council and Bodmin Town Council since September 2016 to help promote the message of Bodmin being open for business during the nine month closure of Dennison Road, Church Square and much of Priory Road.
While the main traffic routes through Bodmin reopened on schedule in June, the car parks have remained free for a further three months to allow for a smooth transition.
Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport said: “A significant amount of money has been invested to improve the road network around the town centre for many groups of people – whether they be local residents, business owners or visitors. We have the low speed environment through Dennison Road to Church Square, the roundabout at the junction of Priory Road and Launceston Road and smaller improvements including a new Toucan crossing near Bodmin College.
“Now this work is complete, disruption to local businesses has reduced and parking charges will be reinstated.
“Income from Council car parks is used to fund vital services in Cornwall, including maintaining the 7,000 kilometres of road network we have responsibility for.”
Building a better Bodmin – the schemes which make up the project are:
Lower Bore Street to Midway Road shared use route
This section links Fore Street to Midway Road and the routes beyond. A shared use footway/cycleway has been created on Higher Bore Street from Lower Bore Street, narrowing the highway at Higher Bore Street and guiding cyclists onto the footway just before a newly installed toucan crossing, which replaces the previous pelican crossing.
The existing northern footway is now a shared use path to St Leonard’s Terrace.
Camel Trail to Berrycoombe Road/Cardell Road
Southern footway widened for shared use surface to Cardell Road. Improvements have been made to the existing path and signage.
Cardell Road to Dennison Road
Improvements to the crossing point at the end of the off-road section at Cardell Road, with footway widening to rear of Sainsbury’s haulage yard. New path created in haulage yard to Railway Terrace.
Dennison Rd, Church Square, Turf St and Crockwell Street
The flagship scheme for Building a better Bodmin project. Here the width of the carriageway has been reduced and the surface reinstated with coloured surfacing and paving to the edges. The footways have been widened and resurfaced and new raised crossing points installed on across the road and on side roads.
A new shared use footway/cycleway has been built linking St Petroc’s Church to the new roundabout at junction with Launceston Road. A new toucan crossing has been built to replace the pelican crossing.
Priory Road/Launceston Road
A new roundabout has been built to replace the previous junction.
Priory Park to Forth An Hellier
A new shared used footway/cycleway linking from the new Priory Road/Launceston Road roundabout to the Asda/Callywith junction.
Turf Street to Athelstan Park
Shared use route through Priory Park to an existing pathway which links to Athelstan Park. A shared use route has also been built linking Priory Road and the skate park.
Athelstan Park to Omaha Road
Cycle path route continues along the carriageway to Omaha Road via Castle Canyke Road and Royffe Way.
Omaha Road, College Lane, Green Lane Lostwithiel Road
New toucan crossing installed at the junction of Normandy Way and
Lostwithiel Road and a crossing point at College Lane. A shared use route has been built along Lostwithiel Road linking to the Sustrans cycle route which continues onto Lanhydrock and beyond.
Bodmin and Wenford Station
A new toucan crossing has been built close to the railway station, along with a new pedestrian island with cycle parking. Nearby footways have also been widened and improvements made to the junction.