Government confirms road funding

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The Government today confirmed that it will be providing the funding to upgrade the A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake to dual carriageway.

Cllr Mick Martin (l) and Dan Rogerson MP at the A30 at Temple

The widely-anticipated announcement in today’s Autumn Statement is part of a £5 billion investment in infrastructure projects. The scheme on the 2.8 mile section of the A30 will be delivered by Cornwall Council with the Government’s support.

Welcoming the decision, North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson said: “I have campaigned to get this stretch of the A30m dualled since before my election as MP in 2005.

“We refused to let things drop and with hard work, an excellent business case, together with a listening government, we will now see the scheme delivered.

“I’d like to thank Mick Martin and the local Temple to Bodmin A30 Action Group and, of course, all those officers at Cornwall Council who worked on this more efficient and less costly design.”

However, while the news was broadly welcomed by the business community, many do not think it goes far enough.

Bishop Fleming tax director, Robert Bailey, said: “While this is very welcome news and will be a big boost to the county’s transport network, Cornwall’s business community should start a push to finish the job and dual the Carland to Chiverton section as well.”

A survey in the Dec/Jan issue of Business Cornwall magazine, conducted in association with Bishop Fleming, found 87% of respondents in favour of a full dualling of the A30.

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