Next milestone met as contractor appointed to deliver the new St Austell to A30 link road

A major Council project to build a new 3.9 mile road linking St Austell to the A30, to better connect communities in and around St Austell to the rest of Cornwall and the UK, has moved another step forward.

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd has been appointed to carry out the detailed design and construction of the road after successfully tendering for the contract.

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The new road will link the A391 at Carluddon with the A30 at Victoria, supporting employment, housing and regeneration in the area.

Cornwall Council's Cabinet portfolio holder for transport, Geoff Brown, said: “This in an important milestone. The new road will boost business, inward investment and job growth as well as improving access to Cornwall Airport Newquay.

"This is a vital scheme which will boost economic growth in the mid Cornwall corridor between Newquay and St Austell.”

The Government has said that, in principle, it’s prepared to contribute £79m to the scheme after a strong funding bid from Cornwall Council to the Department for Transport (DfT).  We’ll now be submitting the final business case to the DfT for release of the funding.  The remaining £6m of funding for the new road is coming from Cornwall Council.

The new road will run from the Singlerose Roundabout south of Stenalees, bypassing to the west of Roche to link to the A30 via the Victoria junction.

The project will include significant landscaping to create a green corridor which will include the planting trees, shrubs, verges and species rich grassland to support wildlife habitats and insects. 

When the new road is complete, there will be new routes for walking, cycling and horse riding with 5 ½ miles of new paths to give greater opportunities for leisure and recreation.

Additional measures to improve the environment and reduce traffic speeds for residents through Roche, Bugle, Stenalees and along the B3274 Bodmin Road, will also form part of the project.

Cornwall Council member for Bugle Sally-Anne Saunders said: “The communities will be keen to see the community improvements that will come at the end of the build of the new road.   Those improvements will make a great difference to the people I represent in Bugle and Stenalees."

Cornwall Council member for Roche John Wood said: “We’ve been talking to our local communities all the way through to this latest milestone and we’ll continue to keep them involved.  The new road will take heavy traffic and big lorries away from the roads through our villages so our residents will have their villages back.”

Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd, Executive Director Martyn Evans said: “We are delighted to be appointed as the main contractor for this critical new link in the mid Cornwall corridor. We have considerable experience in delivering sustainable infrastructure projects, identifying all opportunities to enhance social, economic and environmental aspects. We are acutely aware of the environmental sensitivities surrounding the scheme and will work in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders to make it a success.”

“The Eden Project, through the National Wildflower Centre, has been working with Cornwall Council and partners to change the developmental ethos of road construction to deliver verifiable ecological gain over the longer term, including the creation of wildflower corridors and areas of new habitats. We hope that many of the recommendations made within this scheme will become commonplace in any future road building projects.”

MP for Newquay and St Austell, Steve Double said: “I’m delighted that the Government has said that, in principle, it’s prepared to contribute £79m to the scheme. People in the St Austell area have been crying out for a better link to the A30 for as long as I can remember.

“It’s great to see that this road will now be built that will not only improve connection to St Austell but also ease traffic through Bugle, Roche and Stenalees”

Depending on confirmation of government funding, construction could start in spring 2020, with the new road opening in 2022.

Posted on 14 October