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Range of multi-partnership projects secure funding

A partnership in Cornwall has won the Highways England Collaboration award within the Regional Investment Programme (RIP) for their work to develop a range of exciting environmental and active travel projects.

Working closely with key stakeholders the project team successfully secured a ground breaking sum of £27m through Designated Funds for a number of flagship multi-use trail and environmental projects in Cornwall. The projects will address legacy impacts of the existing A30 and are not mitigation for the proposed dualling scheme.

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The projects have been developed in partnership with Cornwall Council, Sustrans, Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Environment Agency, Natural England, Cornwall Catchment Partnership, and Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape World Heritage Site.

The environmental projects are known collectively as “Keyn Glas” which is Cornish for “Green Ridge” and reflects a historic route along the ridge between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross which shaped the surrounding landscapes and settlements.

The partners devised 17 environmental enhancement projects to improve the area within 3km of the A30; a system of multi-functional solutions that would accumulate, creating a network of interventions greater than the sum of its parts. For example connecting isolated woodlands with new trees, orchards and hedges will create continuous green corridors for wildlife, whilst also improving the aesthetic and cultural character of the landscape and providing benefits for the local community.

Link this to a network of new ponds, wetlands and wildflower meadows nearby, improving and expanding the wildlife value and character of the adjacent heathland, and the benefits begin to accrue exponentially.

The project will also enable the public to appreciate the special historic and natural environment in this area through enhancements, new trails and interpretation points. The work is the start of a legacy of meaningful positive impact on the Cornish countryside for future generations and provides a national exemplar of how net gains in the natural and historic environment can be achieved in conjunction with health and wellbeing benefits.

In addition Highways England is working with Cornwall Council to deliver 4 interlinked flagship multi-use trails in the same area. Spanning more than 30 kilometres, and starting later this year, the work will significantly improve the cycling, walking and horse-riding network, contributing to healthy active lifestyles, while opening access to the countryside to be enjoyed by residents and tourists alike.

It allows Cornwall to realise a long-held ambition to build upon the success of the Camel Trail, connecting places such as Newquay to Perranporth and Truro. Cornwall Council are delighted with this funding which supported their successful bid to host the Tour of Britain Grand Depart in 2020.

For more information, visit the Highways England website.