A30 Temple to Higher Carblake Improvement

Contractors Kier confirmed earlier this year that the end was in sight for the notorious bottleneck which has blighted drivers travelling between Temple and Higher Carblake for decades. Completion of the scheme is set for 13 July and it's expected that the four lanes will open before this date.

Anyone who has passed the site recently will have been able to see the progress being made on the scheme, which also includes three bridges - at Cardinham, Preeze Cross and Temple Tor - to help connect the local communities around Bodmin Moor.

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While the roadworks are coming to an end, visitors travelling along the A30 at Bodmin Moor before completion of the works are being encouraged to avoid peak times and to plan their journeys to take into account possible alternative routes should there be congestion around the site.

Around 36,000 vehicles use this stretch of the A30 during peak season. Depending on what direction you're travelling in, the road tends to be busier (and more congested) during these times and days:

  • Westbound A30 – Fridays between 12noon and 6pm and Saturdays from 8am until 4pm.
  • Eastbound A30 – Fridays 10am to 4pm; Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 4pm – Monday mornings can also be busy on bank holidays

Before you head off on your journey (or if you have a passenger who can check information while you're travelling), you can find up-to-the-minute traffic news on the Traffic England website. You can also check out local traffic reports on Twitter by following @HighwaysSWEST, @DC_Police, @BBCTravelSW.

In the event of congestion, Highways England will update the Variable Message Signs (VMS) on the M5 southbound carriageway near Exeter and also eastbound just before Carminnow Cross/A38 junction at Bodmin. You can also find traffic information at service stations. The best way to keep updated while you're on the move however, is to stay tuned to local radio traffic reports. 

For the duration of the construction of the new dual carriageway cyclists are prohibited from travelling along the route as the single lanes are narrower. For cyclists travelling east on the A30 they should leave at the Bodmin off-ramp at Carminow Cross and follow the clearly marked cycle route via Fletchers Bridge, Mount and Bolventor. For cyclists travelling west on the A30 they should leave at the Colliford Lake turn-off and follow the clearly marked cycle route via Mount and Fletchers Bridge.

More information can be found on the Kier A30 Temple website.