A FORMER Cornwall MP has called for support for residents affected by a government decision to scrap improvement plans to the A30. 

Andrew George, former MP for St Ives has claimed residents living along the road in west Cornwall deserve support and protection following the government's decision to scrap any plans for a major improvement or by-pass between St Erth and Long Rock.

Mr George called for a review of danger spots on the A30 and requested support for residents badly affected by what he described as poor road design, signing, and speed adherence last weekend. Fellow Cornwall Councillor, John Martin, who represents the St Erth end of the Rose-an-Grouse to Long Rock A30 stretch, also attended. 

Ed Halford, Route Manager for the South West at National Highways, attended the review meeting at Ludgvan with Ludgvan Parish Council.

Mr George explained: "With the assistance of Ludgvan PC’s Clerk, Louise Dowe, I supplied a collation of concerns and proposed residents’ parking, pedestrian safety, bus user safety and other projects to National Highways prior to the meeting.

"The government has recently scrapped any hope of a major improvement or a by-pass for this stretch of the A30, so locals are understandably anxious and concerned to relieve some of the many pressures they face along the route. 

"Mr Halford has been very helpful in providing a full briefing and agreed to return next month to review the dozen projects we proposed, and to test against the National Highways’ budget for the next (RIS3) funding programme for 2025-2030. 

"Projects include further speed limitations, pedestrian crossing bollards and refuges, bus shelters, a ‘no through road’ sign at Heather Lane, Canonstown, extending residents’ parking facilities to relieve parking pressure at Whitecross and Canonstown, crossroad improvements at Crowlas, amongst others."

Ed Halford, National Highways’ Route Manager, said: “The safety records and condition of all National Highways roads, including the A30 between St Erth and Long Rock, are actively monitored to identify areas where potential improvements can be made.

“We always listen to the concerns of communities living alongside and travelling along our network, we work closely with Devon and Cornwall Police and our local authority partners and, based on collision data and subject to priority and funding, we will always consider interventions where required.”