A-roads to get £3million boost from government safer roads fund

Cornwall Council has secured more than £3m in additional funding from central government to help fund local road safety schemes for two major A-roads.

The Council has been successful in its bid to the Government’s Safer Roads Fund and has been allocated £1.1million to make improvements to a stretch of the A3058 between Summercourt and Quintrell Downs. It has also successfully bid for more than £1.9million for improvements to the major road corridor, A3071, between Penzance and St Just.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Portfolio Holder for Transport and member for Newquay Central said:  “Improving the safety of major roads in Cornwall, for the benefit of road users, is a priority issue for this Council through our wider highway investment programme. The money will be used for new barriers, footways, junctions and road surfaces to improve road safety and prevent accidents.”

“These latest road safety grants secured by the Council will enable improvements to be delivered in 2020/21.

“However, it is also important that the Council seeks external investment, where possible, to help fund projects like these– and I welcome the announcement of this latest support from the Department for Transport. The Council will continue to bid for and hopefully secure additional external funding for highways projects in the future.”

Meanwhile, Council funding for small highway improvements will continue to progress road schemes incommunitiesacross Cornwall which have already been allocated funding. These projects will improve road safety and encourage walking and cycling in local communities.