Work to upgrade the A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake could begin in the next few weeks after the Department for Transport gave its final approval to the scheme today (5th February).
Responding to the findings of a report produced by the Planning Inspectorate, the Department for Transport cited the “need to address the problems of poor road safety, congestion, poor journey time and poor route resilience on the existing single carriageway section” in their decision to given final approval to the scheme.
North Cornwall’s Liberal Democrat MP Dan Rogerson has campaigned for years to get the stretch of road upgraded, and worked with the local A30 Action Group and Cornwall Council in order to secure funding from the Coalition Government so that the long-awaited project could go ahead if it is granted planning permission.
With final planning permission secured today, work on the 2.8 miles of single track carriageway between Temple and Higher Carblake could begin in the next few weeks.
Commenting, Dan Rogerson MP said:
“After years of campaigning - together with a strong business case from Cornwall Council and the listening ear of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander - back in 2012 we managed to convince the Government to deliver the funding we needed for the project to go ahead.
“Since then there have been various processes and procedures to go through, culminating in this final sign-off from the Department for Transport today.
“I think many of us wondered whether the day would ever come, but when work does start on the upgrade it will make the years of lobbying and fighting for investment all worthwhile. I look forward to the stretch of dual carriageway at Temple opening so that local people, businesses, visitors and the Cornish economy will enjoy the benefits.”