Cycling Safety and Integration Designated Funds

Highways England is improving the lives of communities either side of the A30 to the north of Truro by providing funding for a range of cycling, heritage and wildlife projects.  £17m will be invested from their Cycling, Safety and Integration Designated Fund towards high-quality off-road walking and cycling schemes. The cycling schemes will be delivered by Cornwall Council who will add in a further £2m. The Scheme Launch was held at the Knowledge Spa at the RCH Treliske with over 60 attendees from Cornwall Council, Parish Councils, Cycling groups, and environmental organisations.

Csi Designated Funds Launch

The photo above is of the scheme's launch on 20 February 2019: Sarah and John Wetherill (Truro Cycles), Sarah Newton MP, Geoff Brown (CC Portfolio Holder for Transport), and Karl Sullivan (Highways England)

This exciting project will create a network linking Truro, St Agnes, Perranporth and Newquay (see infographic). Spanning more than 30 kilometres, and starting later this year, the work will significantly improve the cycle network, increasing cycling as a method of travel to work, attract leisure and tourism trips, and contribute to healthy active lifestyles, while opening access to the countryside to be enjoyed by resident and tourist cyclists alike. The indicative route alignments, shown overleaf, include:

  • Threemilestone to St Agnes. This traffic-free path will provide a cycle path alongside the A390 from the park and ride at Threemilestone to Chiverton Cross where a dedicated overbridge for cyclists will cross the A30 and then linking with an off road cycle path alongside the B3277 to St Agnes.
  • Trispen to Idless. This signed cycle route will link the A39 at Trispen to Lanner Mill and then on off road trails through Bishop’s and Lady’s wood to Idless and the National Cycle Network (NCN) route 32.
  • St Newlyn East to Carland Cross. This scheme will connect the existing National Cycle Network (NCN) Route 32 at St Newlyn East to Carland Cross via a traffic-free path through Newlyn Downs.
  • Perranporth to Newquay. This scheme will re-use the route of the abandoned railway into a multi-use trail. The route starts in Perranporth and continues through St Newlyn East to Newquay. It will create a new 10 mile commuting and leisure route.
  • Chiverton to Carland. Following completion of the new dualled section of the A30, the de-trunking of the old A30 will allow cycling provision to be put in place along its 12km length.  No physical works will be carried out as part of this project but design work for the cycling provision will be carried out.

The next steps and key milestones are shown in the graphic below.  Cornwall Council will, over the coming months, be undertaking surveys and collating information to develop the designs. Early engagement with landowners will be followed by public and stakeholder consultation later in the year, with the schemes due to be delivered by spring 2021.  All of the schemes except for the cycling provision along the detrunked A30 will be provided irrespective of whether or not the A30 dualling goes ahead. 

For more information, please contact one of the delivery team:

Name Job title Telephone number Email address

Rick Clayton

Major Transport Scheme Lead, Cornwall Council

01872 224685

rick.clayton@cornwall.gov.uk

Doug Boden

Transport Principal Officer, Cornwall Council

01872 322684

douglas.boden@cornwall.gov.uk

James Lantsbery

Project Manager, CORMAC

01209 616991

james.lantsbery@cormacltd.co.uk

 

Some quotes from the Public Launch include:

Vinita Hill, Highways England Designated Funds Director: “Highways England is delighted to be partnering with Cornwall Council to realise a number of environmental and cycling projects. Our designated funds programme was developed so that we can invest in projects beyond our traditional road build and maintenance, and this is a glowing example of how this funding can have a positive impact on people and communities.”

Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth: “It has been a pleasure to work with the Truro and St Agnes Cycle campaigners, led so well by Sarah and John Wetherill as well as Jamie Roberson to secure this record breaking £17 million into new cycle ways. Along with an additional £10 million for improving our heritage, natural environment and resilience for climate change we can all look forward to more easily and safely exploring Cornwall. This £27 million investment is good for the environment, good for the climate and good for our health and wellbeing.” 

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio holder for Transport: “This major funding from Highways England provides us with a wonderful opportunity to provide some great opportunities for cycling.”, “The routes will complement other cycle routes and trails across Cornwall. The cycle network will reach out to towns and villages and link with where residents live and work, connecting our communities and joining up access to the services that people want and need.”, and “Cycling also helps address congestion and air quality issues and plays a key role in promoting a healthy life for our residents, and we look forward to working with our partners at Highways England and with the local communities, on delivering these exciting schemes.”

In addition to the Cycling schemes, a further £10 million of Designated Funds will be invested by Highways England to help improve and conserve the quantity, quality and condition of valued landscape features within mid-Cornwall.  The funding will help Cornwall Council and partners to build on their work around environmental growth and climate resilience.

Sue James, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for environment and public protection: “This funding from Highways England offers an opportunity for partners to work with local communities to restore and enhance the environment, together with historic and cultural assets in mid-Cornwall.” And "It will support our climate emergency plans, helping residents to reduce their dependency on car travel while supporting communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change by improving waterways and flood resilience. The schemes build on the work of local partners in Cornwall, offering benefits to residents, wildlife and visitors now and into future decades.”

Further details

For further details please see the Highways England Designated Funds webpage.

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If you have a question about the scheme, please email it to Cornwall Council at CSIcycling@cornwall.gov.uk