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Kier awarded £33m A30 contract

Words: Laura Edgar

Kier Group has secured a £33 million contract to dual the A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake, Cornwall.

The announcement follows the granting of a Development Consent Order by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin for the construction of the scheme, worth a total of £59 million.

Cornwall Council is part-funding the project, delivering it in partnership with the Highways Agency and the Department for Transport.

The last section of the A30, between the M5 in Exeter and the Carland Cross junction with the A39 north of Truro, will be made into two lanes to ease congestion and increase reliability of journeys.

Cornwall Council leader John Pollard explained that businesses and holiday-makers regularly highlight the level of congestion on the road.

“The dualling of this five-kilometre stretch of road will play a vital role in reducing delays on the A30 which currently costs over £10 million 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,” he said.

Sean Jeffrey, Kier’s infrastructure executive director, added: “It’s a strategically important scheme for the region, providing much-needed highways improvements and increased capacity, so we are delighted to have been chosen to deliver the project.”

Work starts in March and it is expected that the expansion will be open to the public in early 2017.