Council?s commitment to A30 St Austell Link sees start of prep work on site

  Posted: 12.03.20 at 13:39 by The Editor

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Preparatory work will begin this month on a section of land which is set to become part of the new A30 link road for St Austell and clay country communities. The work on Imerys-owned land at Stenalees will help prepare the site for the £85m St Austell to A30 link road, which will also feature a ‘green corridor’ of wildflowers, heathland, trees and shrubs to support wildlife habitats and insects.   Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown, said that in principle the government is prepared to contribute £79m to the scheme after a strong funding bid from Cornwall Council to the Department for Transport (DfT). “Once confirmation of funding from the DfT has been received, construction work can begin on providing this link which residents and businesses have wanted for many years,” he said. “The work at Stenalees shows our commitment to this project – we’re carrying out as much as the preparatory work as we can now so that as soon as funding is confirmed we can get on with building the road. “I’d like to thank Imerys for working with us on this project – the company’s extensive clay country knowledge is invaluable.” Steve Double, MP for St Austell and Newquay said: “It is great to see the first steps being taken to prepare for the new link road to be built. Following securing almost £80m of funding from the government to make this road possible we really are in the final stages. I am confident we will receive the final sign of from the Department of Transport in the coming weeks, once the final legal processes are completed. But it is good to see the Council begin work to ensure we are ready to get on with the construction.”The new road will link the A391 at Carluddon with the A30 at Victoria, supporting employment, housing and regeneration in the area. It will run from the Singlerose Roundabout south of Stenalees, bypassing to the west of Roche to link to the A30 via the Victoria junction. When the new road is complete, there will be new routes for walking, cycling and horse riding, with five-and-a-half miles of new paths to give residents greater opportunities for leisure and recreation. Additional measures to improve the environment and reduce traffic speeds for residents through Roche, Bugle, Stenalees and along the B3274 Bodmin Road, will also form part of the project. Cornwall Council is contributing £6m towards the new road which will be built by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd.  Story posted 12 March 2020 

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