LEP welcomes road spending

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News that two schemes to improve major road junctions in Cornwall are to receive Government funding has been welcomed by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Cornwall Council.

Roads Minister Stephen Hammond announced earlier this week that the Government was allocating an further £98M to support road improvements across the country, including £6.9M in the south west, two of which are in Cornwall – the A30 Loggans Moor roundabout and the A38 Carkeel roundabout.

LEP chair, Chris Pomfret, said: “These much needed improvements will remove the bottlenecks in these two junctions, making it easier for the many thousands of drivers and businesses who use this major strategic route through Cornwall.

“The A30 and the A38 are gateways to Cornwall and so improvements to these junctions will help create much needed jobs by reducing congestion and supporting commercial developments such as the Enterprise Zone around Newquay the developing marine renewables business park in Hayle to name but two.”

The Loggans Moor scheme will see the north arm of the roundabout widened to provide two lanes on the approach road and a two lane exit on to the south arm of the A30 – providing additional capacity to help alleviate congestion in the busy summer months. Work on the £170k scheme is scheduled to begin in 2014, with completion the following year.

The Carkeel scheme will involve a series of improvements to increase the capacity of the junction and reduce delays during the summer months. Work on the £1.5M project is scheduled to begin next year and to be completed by 2015.