The completion of a new road link between St Austell and the A30 has become a step nearer with the announcement 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 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 in communities such as Roche, Bugle and Stenalees 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 Lib Dem Cornwall Councillor for Newquay Central Geoff Brown, Portfolio Holder for Transport in Cornwall’s cabinet.
“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.”
Malcolm Brown, Cornwall Councillor for St Austell Bethel and Lib Dem Leader on Cornwall Council said: “Cornwall Council’s often criticised highway engineers deserve considerable praise for designing and securing public support for this new road which will offer a great stimulus to St Austell’s economy and improve living conditions for residents of many china clay villages. One of the big battles was to convince Cornwall Councillors to give this scheme priority and put in several million pounds from council funds. I spoke up at several key committee meetings and am pleased to have played my part in making this vital new road happen”.