Link road funding confirmed

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Council plans for a new road linking Camborne Pool and Redruth have been given a major boost with the Department of Transport (DfT) confirming funding for the scheme.

The DfT has announced that it will fund £16.1 million of the £26.8 million scheme. Part of the wider regeneration plans for the Camborne, Pool and Redruth area, the scheme will provide a new East West link road from Dolcoath to Dudnance Lane across the Red River Valley and from Dudnance Lane to Wilson Way.

The new road will remove traffic from the A3047 and reduce the associated noise and air quality impacts. Once traffic has been diverted, further public transport improvements between Roskear and Barncoose will be possible.

The funding, which follows a public inquiry in June 2012 and subsequent Secretary of State for Transport approval of the compulsory purchase and side road orders in November 2012, now paves the way for the Council to take forward construction of the scheme.

Subject to receiving other funding offers, construction of the new road will begin in April this year, and be completed by the end of 2014.

“Let’s hope this brings the people of Camborne, Pool and Redruth closer together to achieve a common purpose of general sustainable economic prosperity,” said Councillor Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for transportation and highways.

Cornwall Council will be hosting an information event at The Hub Club on Station Road in Pool on Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9 for local residents to meet the team and learn more about the construction process.

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