Contractor confirms A30 Temple completion date

The long awaited resolution to several decades of frustration for motorists travelling along the A30 across Bodmin Moor will soon be coming to an end, contractors Kier have confirmed.

In a progress meeting with the Council, the construction firm confirmed that four lanes will be open by 14 July. 

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Councillor Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council's Portfolio Holder for Transport, said: "A long job, well done. When it is open all the waiting and frustration will have been worth it and this will be an end to the nine mile tailbacks, uncertain deliveries and a much improved holiday experience for our visitors."

Kim Conchie, Chief Executive of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, said: “The dualling of the A30 at Temple will provide much-needed additional capacity on Cornwall's major road. The revised date of completion, while unfortunate, will still be in time to absorb peak season traffic and Cornish businesses in the longer-term will see the benefit of reduced travel times year-round.”

Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive of Visit Cornwall, said: "It would have been great to have this open by Easter, but it is great news that the road will be open before the summer. This puts to an end many years of congestion on the A30 at Bodmin Moor."

The A30 Temple to Higher Carblake dual carriageway scheme is being led by Cornwall Council in partnership with the Department for Transport and Highways England.

In putting forward a design to dual the road which significantly cut the cost of earlier proposals, and by agreeing to contribute £10m towards the cost of delivering the scheme, the Council has brought forward the delivery of the scheme by at least five years, enabling both the Department for Transport and Highways England to focus on proposals to dual the next single carriageway section of the A30 - between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross.

The approved budget for the scheme is £59m - this figure includes a £10m contribution from Cornwall Council.

Dualling this section of road has been widely praised across Cornwall from motorists, businesses and residents because of the widely-recognised benefits: 

  • Boost economic growth: This scheme will play a vital role in the future prosperity of Cornwall, encouraging economic growth, aiding regeneration and business expansion.  By reducing business costs and improving productivity (and generating more employment as a result), the wider economic benefits of dualling the road have been put at more than £134m to the Cornish economy.
  • End congestion: The hour-long delays for motorists and queues of up to nine miles during peak season will be a thing of the past.
  • Support tourism: Visitors who might be put off by the idea of sitting in queues during the peak holiday season will be reassured that their journeys in and out of Cornwall on the A30 will not involve long delays at Temple.  
  • Reduce the number of road traffic collisions:  The accident record on this section of single carriageway is higher than the national average*. Completion of this scheme means the alignment of the road will be improved - new grade separated junctions and a central barrier means traffic can no longer cross the carriageway or pull out on to a single road in front of fast-moving vehicles.
  • Less traffic on local roads: The small settlements and communities across Bodmin Moor have long campaigned for the A30 dualling. To avoid the congestion on the A30, drivers often seek out alternative routes which inevitably take them through the narrow country lanes of the local villages.

*A total of 50 personal injury accidents, including two fatal and 14 serious injury accidents, were recorded between 2004 – 2013. At 32%, the proportion of fatal and serious accidents for this section of single carriageway road is significantly higher than the national average of 22%. 

Story posted 18 January 2017