CORNWALL’S transport system has seen a huge level of investment in recent years to provide real improvements and now more is being planned.

Cornwall Council, working with other partners including the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Government, has helped to lead £589 million in transport schemes since 2014.

These have included the dualling of the A30 at Temple and schemes in Redruth, Bodmin and Carkeel.

Glenn Caplin, chief executive of the LEP, said: “The LEP’s £61m Growth Deal funding since 2014 has enabled a massive investment of almost £590m in Cornwall’s transport programme, unlocking the potential for 6,000 homes and 10,000 jobs. Improvements to road, rail and air are making our economy and businesses more productive and competitive, and we know that the LEP’s voice, because we are business-led, carries considerable weight when making the argument for more investment to central Government.”

Now the council is planning for the next phases in transport improvements which include a number of major road schemes.

A38 between Bodmin and Exeter

Three Road Investment Strategy (RIS) programmes have been drafted to bring improvements to the A38.

In Cornwall the stretch of the A38 between Bodmin and the Tamar Bridge has issues with variable standards and speed limits.

It also has a poor accident record with information from Cornwall Council showing that it is three times higher along this stretch than the national average.

Motorists using the road have also had to endure a high level of unplanned closures – there have been 1,100 more than the A30 over the past five years.

And the road is said to have a “significant impact” on local communities with issues around severance and poor air quality.

Under the first RIS, which runs to 2020, the council is looking to introduce a series of speed and safety measures.

These will include a review of overtaking lanes and side road junctions; the introduction of average speed cameras on key sections and providing crossing facilities for pedestrians in built-up areas.

Under the second RIS, running from 2020 to 2025, there will be key junction improvements at two locations.

The first, at Bodmin Parkway, will look to improve capacity, safety and access to the parkway station to support increased train services on the main line. The works could cost £10.1m.

And at Menheniot/Lean Quarry there are plans for a grade separated junction to remove three central reservation crossings and link to a proposed park-and-ride site to increase rail commuting. This could cost £14.2m.

The last RIS, running beyond 2025, would look to have a major route upgrade on the A38 between Trerulefoot and Saltash with a combination of on and offline dualling.

A number of other schemes are also in the pipeline for the A38 continuing through Plymouth and Exeter. If all completed the council states that the economic potential of increased productivity and investment could be worth £890m.

A39 Atlantic Highway

A major road network improvement scheme is planned for the A39, known as the Atlantic Highway.

The major route runs for 77km throughout connecting towns in north Cornwall and into Devon. Cornwall Council says the key towns served on the route will deliver 10,400 new homes and 6,674 jobs under the Cornwall Local Plan, which runs to 2030.

To help improve the road network there are plans for a Camelford bypass which will form part of the A39.

Recent consultation commissioned by the council found that 88% of people were in support of a bypass and removing HGVs from the town centre.

A £39m scheme has been drawn up and is set to be submitted for planning consideration and land acquisition in 2019/20.

Work could start on building the new road in 2020/21 with an aim to have it open by 2023.

It is hoped that a bypass could reduce congestion, improve journey times and improve air quality in the area.

Traffic flows are increasing on the A39 – figures show that in 2016 there were 8,767 vehicles using the road daily and that by 2030 that could increase to 10,388.

Truro Northern Access Road

This road is designed to provide access to the planned “new town” of developments outside Truro near Threemilestone.

Cornwall Council says the £45m road would open up land which could provide 4,000 new homes.

The road would help to provide walking, cycling and public transport and would connect the various developments off the A390.

Cornwall Council has made an intervention in the developments which are all on separate sites which have planning permission for homes, schools, shops, workspace, open spaces and health and community facilities.

By getting involved with the developments, none of which have started, the council hopes to make them more coherent and improve the quality of development while also providing infrastructure before people move into the homes.

A bid has been submitted to the Government for funding to build the Northern Access Road and the council is expecting a decision next month.

Hayle A30 Loggans Moor

Cornwall Council is leading a £12m bid to upgrade Loggans Moor junction at Hayle.

The project is aiming to improve connectivity, reliability and safety on the A30 in west Cornwall.

It could support the delivery of 1,200 new homes and would also open up new sites which could be used for employment-led developments.

A bid for the funding for the scheme is set to be submitted next month and the council is hoping for a decision in June 2019.

Other strategic road projects

After the completion of the improvements on the A30 at Temple, which saw the road dualled in a £58m project, Cornwall Council is now leading on further improvements on the main road in Cornwall.

The next scheme is for the dualling and improvement of the A30 from Carland Cross to Chiverton Cross. Public examination of the project is set to take place this month and work could start in March 2020.

Another major scheme is a new road linking St Austell with the A30. A planning application was submitted last month for the £85m project and work could start on site in March 2020.