Great news for Cornwall emerged from yesterday’s Budget, with the Chancellor of the Exchequer announcing a pledge of £79m to build the A30 link road for St. Austell – a four mile scheme (expected to cost circa £85m) which will be a vital link for the Newquay aerohub and an easing of traffic congestion around St. Austell. This will undoubtedly prove to be a welcome boost for businesses throughout the area. For the full story please read the article below which appeared in the Western Morning News today.
Roger Mundy, Managing Director, Beardsley Theobalds, 23rd November 2017
£79m link road funding is win for Cornwall
Cornwall is the region’s biggest Budget winner with a pledge of £79 million to build the A30 link road for St Austell.
The four-mile scheme – expected to cost £85m – will be a vital link for the Newquay aerohub and easing congestion around St Austell.
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.”
The scheme also provides a boost to the economy of mid-Cornwall and has received strong support from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Chairman Mark Duddridge said: “This is another critical piece in the infrastructure jigsaw that will hugely improve connectivity in mid-Cornwall. It will increase access to existing and new employment sites like the Carluddon Technology Park and key destinations including the Aerohub Enterprise Zone and Cornwall Airport Newquay.”
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, has been able to draw upon widespread support from businesses in the area.
More 80% of all the local businesses surveyed said they are dependent on having access to the A30 and 90% who gave feedback were in support of the scheme.
Responding to today’s announcement, the chairman 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 that 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 with Imerys to find the most suitable route.
John Hodkin, Imerys’ business development and services manager, said: “This is an important scheme for mid-Cornwall. We have been pleased to work with the council to identify a feasible route which will not only provide the missing link to the A30, but also help create new opportunities in the area in the future.”
Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay, welcomed the announcement that the Government will be funding the link road from the A30.
Speaking afterwards, Mr Double said: “I am absolutely delighted at this fantastic news.
“People have been asking for this road, that 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, for years.”
He continued: “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.
“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.”
Now the funding has been announced and before a planning application is submitted, Cornwall Council will be undertaking further community engagement with residents and businesses next spring.
This will be on the final detail of the proposed route, which runs from the Singlerose Roundabout south of Stenalees, bypassing to the west of Roche to link to the A30 via the Victoria junction.
The community engagement will also include details on the additional measures to improve the environment for local people including traffic calming through Bugle, Stenalees and Roche.
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.