A30 Cornwall roadworks end sees Bodmin Temple dual carriageway officially opened
The A30 dual carriageway will be officially opened today as more than two years of roadworks draw to a close over Bodmin Moor – just in time for the summer holidays.
Work started in 2015 to turn the stretch of the A30 at Temple into a dual carriageway and has resulted in long delays for motorists for the past two summers.
The dualling of the stretch of single carriageway between Truro and London is seen as hugely significant for Cornish businesses who have long complained of the lack of decent transport links in the Duchy.
Meanwhile, tourism bosses feared that the prospect of long delays at Temple was putting short term visitors off coming to Cornwall – after all, who would want to spend precious hours of a two-night break sitting in traffic jams?
The road will be formally opened by Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council’s portfolio holder for transport in what is his first major ceremonial task since taking over the portfolio in May.
The event will be attended by a large number of people representing the business, tourism, the council and communities. Scott Mann, MP for North Cornwall will be attendance, as well as council leader Adam Paynter, Kate Kennally, Chief executive of Cornwall Council and Colin Matthews, chairman of Highways England.
After the ribbon cutting, there will be a community event held in nearby Blisland Village Hall.
It is all a far cry from when the works began and the section of road was notorious for long traffic jams, sometimes up to 10 miles in length at key weekends in the summer.
In 2011, the three-mile section of the A30 was carrying an average of 19,000 vehicles a day, doubling to 38,000 in summer, which was all too much for the single carriageway designed for a capacity of 13,000 vehicles to bear.
The funding for the vital work was confirmed in December 2014, with works starting in early 2015 and expected to take 19 months.
Initially it was planned for dual carriageways to be open in both directions by last summer, however, the exceptionally heavy rainfall of the previous winter undermined some of the groundwork, meaning a delay for the whole project.
However, within a few weeks, all of that will be forgotten as drivers enjoy the new dual carriageway.
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