The completion of a new road link between St Austell and the A30 has become a step nearer today with the announcement in today’s budget that the Government is prepared to contribute £79 million towards the cost of the scheme.
The new 3.9 mile link will join the recently completed improvement at Carluddon with the old A30 at Victoria providing better connections for many communities in Cornwall and supporting improvements in employment, housing and regeneration.
The news came not in the Chancellors speech to the commons but in the detailed paperwork called the Budget Red Book.
Snozzle Conservative MP Steve Double called the news ‘fantastic’.
Speaking after the debate, Steve said:
“I am absolutely delighted at this fantastic news.”
“People have been asking for this road for years. It will be of such benefit to St Austell and the surrounding area, relieving pressure on Roche, Bugle and Stenalees while providing massive economic benefits and a more direct route to Cornwall Airport Newquay.
“I am pleased that the Chancellor and his team at the Treasury have listened to the representations I have made, along with the Transport team at Cornwall Council, and announced the Government funding we need to make this project a reality.”
The MP looked forward to the works starting “I now await the announcement of a start date for construction and will work with all involved to see this vital part of our infrastructure for Mid-Cornwall gets completed as soon as possible.”
“It is only under this Conservative Government, with me as your MP, that it has been delivered.”
The announcement follows Cornwall Council’s submission to the Department for Transport of a funding bid for £85million and outline business case. This showed the need for the link road and its benefits, including easing congestion and improving journey times between St Austell and the A30. Cornwall Council will be making a £6m contribution to the scheme.
The news of the Government funding was enthusiastically welcomed by Cornwall Council’s Portfolio-holder for Transport, Councillor Geoff Brown, who said: “The recent completion of the improvements at Temple has further increased the importance of having a good road connection from St Austell to the A30. I am thrilled that the Council is to be given the funding to deliver this scheme that will significantly enhance economic growth in the mid Cornwall corridor between Newquay and St Austell. I look forward to continuing to work with local communities and businesses on the detailed proposals for the route.”
Poor access to the A30 has long been seen by the St Austell Bay Economic Forum as one of the key factors holding back investment and job creation in the St Austell area. In lobbying for the new link the Forum, set up to carry out activities which benefit the community and encourage economic growth,have been able to draw upon widespread support from businesses in the area. Over 80% of all the local businesses surveyed said they are dependent on having access to the A30 and 90% who gave feedback are in support of the scheme.
In responding to today’s announcement, the Chair of the Forum, James Staughton said: “This is fantastic news. The new road link to the A30, improved access to Cornwall Airport and improvements to rail services, will provide a big boost to business, inward investment and jobs growth in the area. The message is loud and clear St Austell is becoming well connected and open for business.”
The end could now be in sight for the local communities blighted by increasing levels of through traffic. The local Cornwall Councillor for Roche John Wood said: “One of the key considerations in selecting the route proposed to Government was the need to take through traffic out of the local villages of Bugle, Stenalees and Roche. Over 70% of people who responded supported the new link and I am thrilled that the funding is going to be made available to improve the lives of local people.”
Part of the proposed route will run through the Mid Cornwall China Clay area and Cornwall Council has been working closely with IMERYS to find the most suitable route.
The proposed route runs from the Singlerose Roundabout south of Stenalees, bypassing to the west of Roche to link to the A30 via the Victoria junction.
Subject to planning approval being granted for the scheme, construction of the new road could start by the end of 2019, with the scheme opening in spring 2022.