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New route for A39 Atlantic Highway at Camelford a step closer after Budget announcement

Cornwall Council has welcomed the Budget announcement of funding improvements to the A39 Atlantic Highway at Camelford which will tackle congestion, improve air quality and revitalise Camelford town centre and the wider local economy. 

In his Budget statement on March 11, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak MP confirmed that the Government would back the Council’s bid for £540,000 towards developing the case for the scheme which will help ‘unblock’ the A39 as the main route from north Cornwall to north Devon. 

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Councillor Geoff Brown said the announcement marked a major step forward for the project, which has been developed with the local community over many years. 

“This announcement means this is a scheme the Government considers a priority for the South West region and one that is expected to become a reality within the next five years,” he said. “It recognises the wishes of local residents and businesses who have been working with us to produce a scheme that works for the local community and will benefit the whole of North Cornwall. 

“We are now considering feedback from the recent consultation events and will incorporate these into the design where possible.”  

Camelford was declared an Air Quality Management Area in 2017 due to the poor air quality readings along the A39 and this scheme will tackle that issue as well improve Camelford town centre and the local economy.

North Cornwall MP Scott Mann has welcomed the Chancellor’s announcement saying: “The people of Camelford and the surrounding area and their vocal support for this scheme have made the real difference. Their backing has given me real strength when taking the case for this new road to the highest levels of government.”

Rob Rotchell, Cornwall Councillor for Camelford, said: “This is more than building a new road. Rerouting the A39 will bring many benefits to Camelford and give us as a town the opportunity to revitalise the local area.”  

It is anticipated that work will begin on the scheme in late 2021 and be completed by late 2023, subject to funding and planning consents. Cornwall Council has committed £6.5m towards the £42.5m project. 

 

Story posted 13 March 2020