Transport Minister in town

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There has been no shortage of Government ministers visiting Cornwall in recent months, with the Secretary of State for Transport next due in the Duchy.

Following recent visits from Nick Clegg, Vince Cable, Danny Alexander and most recently energy minister Greg Barker, Patrick McLoughlin will be here tomorrow (May 16) to cut the first turf to formally mark the start of work on the £27 million Camborne-Pool-Redruth link road.

This is seen as a key road scheme for Cornwall and the Minister’s visit follows the Department for Transport’s decision in February to contribute £16.1 million towards the long-awaited project.

Peter Marsh, the Council’s interim corporate director for environment, said: “This is a vital scheme for Cornwall which will help drive forward the regeneration of the Camborne Pool Redruth area and assist economic growth.

“We are delighted that the Minister has agreed to come to help mark the start of the work and look forward to welcoming him back in the future to cut the ribbon at the end of the project.”

Part of the wider development plans for the CPR area, the scheme will provide a new East West link road from Dolcoath to Dudnance Lane, across the Red River Valley. It will also include the provision of new junctions and cycle facilities on Dudnance Lane and Station Road, and a new link from Station Road to Wilson Way.

The works, which will carried out by Carillion, are expected to be substantially completed by the end of 2014.

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