Work starts on A30 improvements

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Work officially got underway today (March 23) on the A30 upgrade between Temple And Higher Carblake.

North Cornwall MP Dan Rogerson was joined by the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin MP, members of the A30 Action Group, local Lib Dem Cornwall Councillor Chris Batters and representatives from Cornwall Council for the turf-cutting ceremony to mark the official start of the upgrade works.

Rogerson has campaigned for years to get the stretch of road upgraded, and worked with the local A30 Action Group and Cornwall Council in order to secure funding from the Government so that the long-awaited project could go ahead.

Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin MP (centre) with (l-r) Mick Martin, chairman of the Temple to Bodmin A30 Action Group; Dan Rogerson MP; Councillor Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Transport and Councillor Chris Batters, Cornwall Council Local Member for Lanivet and Blisland
Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin MP (centre) with (l-r) Mick Martin, chairman of the Temple to Bodmin A30 Action Group; Dan Rogerson MP; Councillor Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for Transport and Councillor Chris Batters, Cornwall Council Local Member for Lanivet and Blisland

And he commented: “After years of campaigning – together with a strong business case from Cornwall Council and the listening ear of the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander – back in 2012 we managed to convince the Government to deliver the funding we needed for the project to go ahead.

“Since then there have been various planning processes and procedures to go through, and people across north Cornwall will be delighted that work is finally starting today to upgrade the A30 at Temple to dual carriageway.

“This will help to reduce congestion and the likelihood of accidents, speed up journey times and stop local villages and lanes being used as rat runs.”