St Austell to A30 Link

The new 3.9 mile single carriageway St Austell to A30 link road will connect to the old A30 near Victoria to the north and the A391 at Stenalees roundabout to the south. It is a vital strategic link to bring opportunities to the area including: 

  • improving economic growth by upgrading links to St Austell from the rest of the United Kingdom
  • making it easier to get to Cornwall’s growing employment sites.
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The £87m road has provisional funding from the Government and funding from Cornwall Council.

Complementary traffic management measures in surrounding villages and roads will be built once the link road is open. These may include:

  • HGV restrictions
  • widening footways, and
  • traffic calming to prevent through traffic

Planning permission approved

We have been working on the planning application for the scheme for some time now and the very detailed application was submitted to Cornwall Council in mid-December 2018.  Since the submission there has been a lot of work and consultations undertaken to allow the scheme to be heard at the Strategic Planning meeting on 4 April 2019 at County Hall in Truro.

After initial presentations and speakers who supported the scheme, the planning committee debated the scheme at length before unanimously approving the application.

This is a significant milestone in the development of the scheme and allows the project team to move forward with all the other vital elements of the project with certainty.

View details of the application and committee meeting.

Contract procurement begins

Following the Contractor open day at ESAM that we held in January, work has continued to put together the detailed documents required to allow us to advertise the contract for the scheme.  The advert to contractors was published at the beginning of April and there has already been interest shown from contractors wishing to tender for the detailed design and construction.

A further open day and questions from contractors will be held and we will be looking to appoint the winning company in the summer of 2019.   

Workshops to design the future 

Improvement to the roads and public spaces in the surrounding villages has always been a part of this project and we have been keen to progress how this will look with the support of local people.

In March we held our first workshops with residents of Roche, Bugle and Bodmin Road where together we looked at the issues facing the communities both now and when the new link road is built.  After looking at the issues we started to look at solutions together.  This is the start of a vital part of the scheme and we will continue to work with the communities with the support of The Eden Project to design solutions that will make a real difference in the future.

The planning application (PA18/11986) and associated documents can now be viewed on the Planning Portal.

Please see our Previous news page for more background information.

April 2019 - determination of planning application

Summer 2019 - appoint contractor to design and build the road

Summer 2019 - submit final business case to Department for Transport for release of funding

Spring 2020 - start to build the new road

Spring 2022 - complete the new road and start building traffic calming measures in surrounding villages