We held a public consultation in December 2016. Public support for an improvement scheme was overwhelming, and we would like to thank everyone who contributed to our consultation and helped to influence this decision.
After reviewing all viable options, careful consideration of feedback, and extensive analysis, we announced a preferred route for the A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross improvement scheme in July 2017.
We have arrived at a solution which we not only believe fulfils these aspects, but will provide a legacy of easy movement, connectivity and environmental responsibility in years to come.
It provides a new dual carriageway running to the north of the existing A30 between Chiverton and Chybucca and to the south between Chybucca and Carland Cross. The existing A30 will be kept to provide a convenient route for locals.
For more information on the outcome of the consultation and details of the preferred route you can visit our consultation webpage.
Now the preferred route has been confirmed, we are preparing for the next stage - our statutory consultation, which is planned for early 2018.
Over the next few months we will be developing detailed plans on the route and working to further understand the environmental and physical constraints of the area. This will include being on site to undertake noise, ground investigation and archaeological surveys, allowing us to take the best step forwards in the design decisions. We will share and consult on these details during the statutory consultation in early 2018.
In the meantime, we do understand that an infrastructure project on this scale can cause concern, particularly about the affect it may have on homes, communities and the environment; so we are contacting land and property owners close to the route to help them understand potential impacts, their options and their rights, and have prepared a number of land and property documents for guidance. These are available to view in the media section.
|3 July 2017||Announced preferred route|
|Early 2018||Statutory consultation|
|Late 2018||Submission of application for consent to Planning Inspectorate|
|Late 2018 to late 2019||Examination of application and decision by Secretary of State|
|Spring 2020||Start of works|
|Late 2022||Open to traffic|
Why we need this scheme
This section of the A30 is the main link between West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, and the national motorway network. The route is particularly popular during the holidays when traffic flows are typically 25% higher than average; the resulting congestion, delays and rat running through local villages is hazardous, and poses serious problems for the local community, tourists and businesses in the region.
For locals, particularly during the summer season, the simple act of getting to a neighbouring village can lead to unacceptably long and unreliable journeys, whilst opportunistic rat runners pose increased risk of accidents in their villages.
But the impact of the conditions on this road spans far beyond that of the local community; it has implications for the entire region. When journeys on this stretch of road can take four times longer than they should, the disruption it causes can harm the entire region, which is currently under-performing economically.
As part of Highways England‚Äôs Strategic Road Network, the A30 is a road of strategic importance, which is why an ¬£8m contribution from the European Regional Development Fund has been committed, as well as being identified as part of the Government‚Äôs Roads Investment Strategy.
The scheme in detail
The scheme is between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross roundabouts on the A30 and includes the Chybucca and Boxheater junctions along the route. There are also a number of additional minor junctions that provide connections points to local roads. We are proposing improvement measures for this stretch, which are detailed in our Preferred Route Announcement Leaflet.
The objectives of the scheme are to:
- reduce congestion
- unlock growth
- connect communities
- improve safety, operation and efficiency
- protect the environment
- minimise disruption during construction
Project media files and documents
Public engagement report: appendix A
Public engagement report: appendix B
Public engagement report: appendix C
Public engagement report: appendix D
Public engagement report: appendix E
Public engagement report: appendix F
Public engagement report: appendix G | Part 1 of 3
Public engagement report: appendix G | Part 2 of 3
Public engagement report: appendix G | Part 3 of 3
Public engagement report: appendix H
Public engagement report: appendix I | Part 1 of 6
Public engagement report: appendix I | Part 2 of 6
Public engagement report: appendix I | Part 3 of 6
Public engagement report: appendix I | Part 4 of 6
Public engagement report: appendix I | Part 5 of 6
Public engagement report: appendix I | Part 6 of 6
Public engagement report: appendix J
Public engagement report: appendix K
Public engagement report: appendix L
Public engagement report: appendix M
Public engagement report: drawings | 1 of 4
Public engagement report: drawings | 2 of 4
Public engagement report: drawings | 3 of 4
Public engagement report: drawings | 4 of 4
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