Approval given for new £27m link road for Camborne, Pool and Redruth
A landmark £27million link road designed to transform the fortunes of Cornwall's biggest urban area has been given the green light by the Government.
The new link road for Camborne, Pool and Redruth represents a major step forward for an area blighted by the closure of the tin mine industry.
Bert Biscoe, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for transportation and highways, said it was great news.
"After a number of false starts I'm glad we can now get on with this job," he said.
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"Camborne and Redruth will have a much better chance to build the future they each desire when this project is achieved.
"We can then breathe new life into one of the historic industrial powerhouses of the local economy that has suffered such dramatic decline since the collapse of the mining industry."
The scheme will provide a new east-west road between Wilson Way in Pool and Dolcoath in Camborne, an area which has been choked by poor transport links.
The project will also see improvements made to Dudnance Lane in Pool.
It is estimated that it could be responsible for bringing some 6,000 jobs into the area.
The decision was delivered yesterday by Patrick McLoughlin, the Secretary of State for Transport.
It followed a public inquiry in June and now paves the way for Cornwall Council to take forward construction of the scheme.
It is hoped construction of the new road could begin as early as next spring and be completed by the end of 2014.
Stephen Rushworth, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for economy and regeneration, said it was a great bonus for an area which earlier this summer saw the opening of the Heartlands project in Pool, billed as Britain's free cultural playground.
"This scheme will enable further creation of employment opportunities in the area and kick-start the regeneration of the area," he said.
"The efforts over many years of Cornwall Council and their partners, the former Camborne Pool Redruth Regeneration Company, the South West Regional Development Agency, the Homes and Communities Agency, are now bearing fruit."
The new road will remove traffic from the A3047 and reduce the associated noise and air quality impacts.
Once traffic has been diverted by the new road, it is hoped further public transport improvements can take place.