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June 2020

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The delivery of the core scheme will now finish in March 2022. This is due to ongoing negotiations with Highways England. The St Agnes to Threemilestone section of the scheme will begin later this year. External funding is currently being sought for further cycle infrastructure. This funding is to link up:

  • Threemilestone
  • Treliske Hospital
  • and Truro city centre

The Coronoavirus outbreak caused the works at Goonhavern to stop. Cormac are due to recommence by the end of the month. Approximately 90% of the works were complete by the time of lockdown. There is still a small amount of work to complete in Goonhavern. Surfacing, signage installation and a new path in the park are still to complete.

Planning submission for sections of the Perranporth to Newquay will take place. This will occur in late June. Residents can comment on the planning application for Goonvrea Road to Chiverton. This is part of the St Agnes to Threemilestone route.

Construction has commenced on the Perranporth - Newquay route with current works taking place in Goonhavern

Throughout August 2019 many public exhibitions took place on the latest current proposals. The project team answered many detailed questions from members of the public.  

DateVenue
Wednesday 7 August Goonhavern Community Centre, TR4 9NW
Friday 9 August St Agnes Miners and Mechanics Institute, Vicarage Road, TR5 0TL
Tuesday 13 August Concho Lounge, Bank Street, Newquay, TR7 1AY
Wednesday 14 August Perranporth Rugby Club, Budnic Hill, TR6 0DB
Monday 19 August Hawkins Arms, Zelah, TR4 9HU
Tuesday 20 August St Newlyn East Village Hall, Neeham Road, TR8 5LE
Wednesday 21 August St Erme Community Hall, Castle Fields, TR4 9BD

 

The exhibitions showed how the Council and CORMAC will construct the individual paths. Below are the exhibition boards which were used at the event.

Please note that you will need to zoom in to view some of the boards clearly.

Project Launch - 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.  This will be put 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.  There were over 60 attendees from:

  • Cornwall Council
  • Parish Councils
  • Cycling groups
  • Environmental organisations

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). The work will span more than 30 kilometres and will start later this year.  It will:

  • significantly improve the cycle network
  • increase cycling as a method of travel to work
  • attract leisure and tourism trips
  • contribute to healthy active lifestyles
  • open access to the countryside to be enjoyed by resident and tourist cyclists alike

The indicative route alignments, shown below, 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.  There will be a dedicated overbridge for cyclists to 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. The schemes are 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:

NameJob titleTelephone numberEmail 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.”

For details of the Public Exhibitions being carried out in August 2019 please see the Saints Trails, Public Exhibitions August 2019 webpage

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

If you have any questions about the scheme, please email us at saintstrails@cornwall.gov.uk.