One of Cornwall’s most important strategic routes has been transformed as the four lanes of dual carriageway between Temple and Higher Carblake on the A30 is now open.
FSB Cornwall continually supports and provides evidence from their members to campaigns for improvement to Cornwall’s infrastructure. They are very pleased with the opening of this improved section of road on the A30 which has been one of FSB’s key asks for many years. There is of course much more to do and campaigning continues. However, today is a great opportunity to celebrate an almost literal “milestone” in the ongoing challenge of upgrading connectivity in the county and the partnerships that have made this happen.
Long delays for motorists and queues of up to nine miles during peak season will be a thing of the past, with the improvement expected to bring big tourism benefits to Cornwall, as well as open up access for business investment and economic growth.
During its busiest time this section carried around 4,000 vehicles a day, with the annual cost of delays due to congestion for business, residents and visitors using the route estimated to cost more than £235m a year.
The successful completion of the scheme is expected to bring more than £134 million into the Cornish economy each year, and play an key role in the future prosperity of Cornwall by encouraging economic growth and aiding regeneration, business expansion and housing delivery, and supporting tourism.
We are delighted at the completion of these improvements to the A30 that will obviously allow businesses to save on costs and time” said Ann Vandermeulen, Development Manager, for FSB Cornwall. “Not only does this mean safer, faster journeys but this is tangible proof that by investing in improving our infrastructure we can make Cornwall an even more attractive prospect for those in business or those who come and spend money here. A great day for Cornwall and well done to all for making it happen!”
Led by Cornwall Council, in partnership with the Department for Transport (DfT) and Highways England, the £59m project has replaced the 4.5km stretch of road with a new dual carriageway which will not only improve traffic flows, but also provide more reliable journey times and help improve road safety. The campaign to make this happen was driven unstintingly buy the “Dual the A30” campaign group and supported by many other local groups and individuals with key evidence and lobbying assistance provided by the FSB Cornwall team and local members.
The opening of the dual carriageway has also been welcomed by the tourism industry as it has taken over 40 years to bring motorway and dual carriageway standard road from the rest of the country to the heart of Cornwall.
“The industry will be delighted to see this bottleneck removed and open before the peak season“ said Malcolm Bell, Head of Visit Cornwall. “It will mean that people can drive from all parts of the country and, once they join the motorway near them, there will be no single carriageway sections to slow their journey until they get to outside Truro”.
Around 70% of residents in Cornwall and more than 80% of workers are based to the west of Temple, with more than three quarters of businesses surveyed by FSB Cornwall at the start of the scheme predicting that it would have a positive impact on their business, and almost half saying it would result in increased investment and employment in their company.