The announcement that the Development Consent Order for the A30 Temple to Higher Carblake improvement has been granted by the Secretary of State for Transport has been welcomed by Cornwall Council which says it marks the completion of another key milestone in the scheme.
The Government has confirmed that the Secretary of State for Transport Patrick Mcloughlin has now formally approved the Development Consent Order which means that construction on the £59m scheme could begin in the Spring.
The works, which are being led by Cornwall Council in partnership with the Department for Transport and the Highways Agency, are expected to take 19 months to complete, with two lanes open in each direction for summer 2016. Keir was appointed as the contractor for the scheme at an extraordinary meeting of the Council’s Cabinet in December.
Council Leader John Pollard has welcomed the granting of the Development Consent Order. “Local residents, businesses and holidaymakers have long highlighted the impact of traffic congestion and poor journey times along the 5 km section of the A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake” he said. “This decision by the Government is another major step in delivering this much needed scheme and I would like to thank everyone who has worked with the Council to achieve this”.
”The dualling of this 5 kilometre stretch of road will play a vital role in reducing delays on the A30 which currently costs over £10m a year in lost time alone. It will also play an important role in the future prosperity of Cornwall by encouraging economic growth, aiding regeneration and business expansion and supporting tourism.
Welcoming the news of the announcement Cornwall Councillor Bert Biscoe, the Cabinet Member for Transport and Waste, said “The progress of this scheme is yet more evidence of the strong, practical relationship between CORMAC ltd Design, with Cornwall Council’s legal team, and the Highways Agency and Department of Transport.”
“This mirrors similar relationship in the sphere of rail development and highlights the importance for Cornwall of having a single Authority which can work with focused effectiveness with the Government and other Agencies. It also showcases the exceptional talent and experience which is retained within the Council’s family of functions and organisations. It all shows that Cornwall is becoming increasingly capable of managing its public affairs to a much higher level and, in the process, achieving high quality outcomes.”
Local Cornwall Councillor Chris Batters said “ This is absolutely great news for both North Cornwall and the whole of the county. As a resident of Bodmin for over forty years, and an ex-Police Officer who worked on that part of the A30, this is something that has been a long time coming but has finally arrived. Congratulations to all those involved in the hard work pushing the case for the dualling, and I look forward to the work commencing in the coming months.”
Mick Martin, Chair of the Temple to Bodmin A30 Action Group, said “I am delighted that the Secretary of State has formally granted the Development Consent Order. The local community are looking forward to the start of work on this much needed scheme and this is an important step forward.”