A30 to St Austell Link

St Austell is Cornwall’s only large town not served by an adequate route from the A30. We have secured £1.5m from Central Government to investigate potential options for a new Link Road from the A30 to St Austell. The new road will bring opportunities to the area including: 

  • improving economic growth by upgrading links between St Austell and Newquay
  • making it easier to get to Cornwall’s growing employment sites.
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Last May we presented to the public two route options for an improved road link between St Austell and the A30. One was near Roche and the other near Bugle.

On 16 March 2017 Cornwall Council’s Cabinet approved the preferred Roche Option route recommendation. Following this an Outline Business Case was submitted to the Department of Transport (DfT) by 31 March 2017. The business case showed the need for the link road, its benefits and how much it will cost along with the funding application. 

Cabinet also approved formally safeguarding the Roche option against future development.

The Roche route was selected on cost, deliverability, impact on the environment and lowest engineering risk. Other criteria e.g. traffic modelling and economic advantages delivered similar benefits in the Bugle option and Roche option.

Complementary traffic management measures in Bugle, Roche and Stenalees are also being considered. These include HGV restrictions, widening footways and traffic calming to prevent through traffic and enhance the village centres.

For more details see our St Austell to A30 newsletter no.2 sent to local residents in June. You can also read the full Cabinet Report. This includes the public engagement carried out (appendix one) that helped shaped the proposed scheme.

Please note: The route alignment is fixed in respect of the proposed submission to the DfT and will be subject to change as more detailed design information is obtained.

At the moment only the development of the initial investigation work is funded. Detailed design, Planning and Construction of the proposed link road will need Central Government funding. Now the Outline Business Case has been submitted the Government will decide if they will fund further work. If this happens, additional public consultation is expected. This will include details of the preferred route and complementary traffic management measures as part of the formal Planning process later in 2017/18. It is hoped that construction work on the link road could begin in 2019 with an opening date in 2022.

After the public consultation in 2016 (see below) we sent a newsletter to local people. This explained that the original proposed route to the east of Bugle was no longer possible. It runs through an area being designated as a Site of Specific Scientific Interest so is protected by law from development. Another proposed route to the west of Bugle to the former Goonbarrow clay pit was developed.

We held four public events in May and June 2016 across Bugle, Roche and St Austell inviting people to feedback on proposals for an improved link road. Two potential route options were developed: one near Roche and one near Bugle. 

Around 1,200 local people attended the events and over 800 people gave us their views. The project team met with landowners and representatives from Natural England and the Environment Agency to discuss proposals.

You can still view answers to some frequently asked questions. Thank you to everyone who came to the events and / or gave us your views.

Cabinet approved the development of a business case for consideration by central Government on 9 March 2016. Read the full documentation on the agenda, decisions and draft minutes webpage (under item CAB/282). This includes the 'Options appraisal' report (Appendix 1) which identified eight potential road routes and appraised each scheme by looking at the benefits, constraints, risks, opportunities and costs.