A30 improvement forces closure of Darcroft Garage filling station
IMPROVEMENTS planned for the A30 near Bodmin are forcing the closure of a filling station that has been trading for 80 years.
Darcroft Garage will soon stop selling fuel after owner Barney Barnes said the business would no longer be viable once the stretch of the trunk road had dual lanes between Temple and High Carblake.
Mr Barnes said westbound vehicles, particularly lorries, would no longer have easy access to the garage once the road improvements were made, with work due to start on the £60 million upgrading of the A30 in 2015.
Mr Barnes said: " There is no doubt making the road a dual carriageway will be good for motorists and it should cut down on accidents, but it is not good news for us. We have tended to concentrate on supplying diesel to trucks over the years, but once the new road is built, it will mean lorries coming from the Launceston direction won't have easy access to the garage and they will have to make a two-and-a-half mile detour to get to us, and they are not going to do that,'' said Mr Barnes.
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Mr Barnes, 63, has owned Darcroft Garage at Four Winds for 13 years, after previously working there for many years.
"It has been the HGVs which has made the filling station viable, with 50 a day stopping here.
"Although that has tailed off a little lately, due to the recession, it is still the mainstay of that side of the business but I've decided to close it now before the inevitable happens in a year or so's time,'' said Mr Barnes.
He said the filling station's forecourt needed repairs, but with the expected lack of trade from 2015, it was not worth the cost, and he would be closing very soon.
"We will be carrying on with the garage workshop and doing repairs and MOTs, but will be closing the filling station as soon as our current supply of fuel runs out.
"It's a great shame really, and the part-time jobs on the forecourt will probably be lost, but I've decided to wind it up because there is no alternative,'' said Mr Barnes.