Two schemes to improve major road junctions in Cornwall are to receive Government funding.
Roads minister Stephen Hammond announced earlier this week that the Government was allocating an further £98 million to support schemes to remove bottlenecks and keep traffic moving on England’s motorways and major A roads.
The Highways Agency has now confirmed that it is receive £6.9 million of this funding to deliver a further six schemes in the South West, the A30 Loggans Moor roundabout and the A38 Carkeel roundabout.
“These much needed improvements will remove the bottlenecks in these two junctions, making it easier for the many thousands of drivers and businesses who use this major strategic route through Cornwall” said Chris Pomfret, the chair of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.
“The A30 and the A38 are gateways to Cornwall and so improvements to these junctions will help create much needed jobs by reducing congestion and supporting commercial developments such as the Enterprise Zone around Newquay the developing marine renewables business park in Hayle to name but two”.
“Cornwall Council has previously designed, funded and delivered junction improvements on the A30 at Tolvaddon and Chiverton to reduce traffic congestion and facilitate economic growth and is delivering further improvements at the Avers and Treswithian junctions. Funding for these new schemes will enable the Highways to continue this programme of improvements on the trunk road network in Cornwall which will help support economic growth.”
The Loggans Moor scheme will see the north arm of the roundabout widened to provide two lanes on the approach road and a two lane exit on to the south arm of the A30 – providing additional capacity to help alleviate congestion in the busy summer months. Work on the £170, 000 scheme is scheduled to begin in 2014, with completion the following year.
The Carkeel scheme will involve a series of improvements to increase the capacity of the junction and reduce delays during the summer months. Work on the £1.5m scheme is scheduled to begin in 2014 and to be completed by 2015.