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10/02/2020

A30 scheme granted development consent

Words: Laura Edgar
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Transport secretary Grant Shapps has approved an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to upgrade the A30 in Cornwall.

The A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross scheme will see the single carriage road upgraded to a dual carriageway, connecting to the existing A30 dual carriageway at either end.

The development will also see the Chiverton Cross roundabout replaced with a new two-level motorway style roundabout; new, two-level partial junction at Chybucca, with west-facing slip roads connecting to the new dualcarriageway; a replacement of the existing roundabout at Carland Cross with a two-level motorway style junction; new bridges and accesses across the new road and the old road; and retention of the existing A30 including the construction of further local roads to maintain connectivity.

The DCO application was submitted by Highways England in August 2018 and accepted for examination by the Planning Inspectorate the following month. It is Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). The Planning Inspectorate made a recommendation to the transport secretary after an examination in public.

Highways England senior project manager Josh Hodder said: "Improving the A30 between Chiverton and Carland Cross is incredibly important for Cornwall’s future.

It’s the only remaining stretch of single carriageway on the A30 between Camborne and the M5 at Exeter; journeys on this part of the road are regularly delayed, congestion often brings traffic to a standstill, and as a result the Cornish economy is being held back."

Main construction works are scheduled to start later this year, with the route expected to be open to traffic in 2023.

Hodder added that Highways England is currently finalising details of its construction partner on the project, and all phases of the work and associated traffic management will be explained to the local community before work begins start.

The cost of the scheme is being funded by an £8 million contribution from the European Regional Development Fund, with an additional £12 million for the construction phase. Central government is funding the remainder.

The decision letter and all document relating to the scheme can be found on the Planning Inspectorate website.

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