The completion of a new road link between St Austell and the A30 has become a step nearer today 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 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 Geoff Brown, Lib Dem Cornwall Councillor for Newquay Central.
Geoff who is also Cornwall Council's Portfolio-holder for Transport: “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.”
Lord Taylor of Goss Moor, former MP for Truro and St Austell said: "I am delighted to see the Government finally backing this transformative road linking St Austell to the A30. It will relieve clay villages like Roche, Bugle, Stenalees and Penwithick of horrific heavy traffic and open the opportunity for economic growth and much needed quality affordable homes. This route proposal originated in the work of Roche Neighbourhood Plan which I chaired, and the community here is very grateful to Cornwall Council for supporting us and taking the case to Government."
Malcolm Brown, Cornwall Councillor 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".