Long-awaited plan to upgrade A30 revealed
Recently approved plans to ease one of the region's most notorious bottlenecks are to go on public display.
Initial designs for the long-awaited £30 million dualling of the A30 through Cornwall, which was given the go-ahead by Chancellor George Osborne last month, have now been drawn up.
Cornwall Council claims that easing congestion near Temple on Bodmin Moor would reap £154 million in "transport benefits" for the area, while the economy could expect a £117 million fillip.
The upgrade, first proposed 25 years ago, has been welcomed by MPs and business leaders.
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Cornwall councillor for Lanivet Mick Martin, chairman of the A30 Action Group that has lobbied for a dual-carriageway along the 2.8 mile stretch for many years, said long delays had been "a huge issue for holidaymakers, local residents and businesses".
Mr Martin said the scheme came at a much lower cost to taxpayers and in a much shorter time than was usual for such projects
He is now urging members of the public to voice their opinions at an exhibition at Blisland Village Hall next Thursday and Friday. A computer generated "fly through" and images of the planned route will be on display during the exhibition which will be open between 10.30am and 8pm both days. Cornwall Council was given the green light to proceed and has pledged to match the £30m put into the scheme by the Government.
The council will also finance all the preparatory costs of delivering the scheme, which has been designed by CORMAC Solutions, the council's highways service provider.
Initial discussions with local residents and interested parties have helped to inform the current design.
Now, as part of the official consultation process, the exhibition will give the public an opportunity to view the latest designs and have their say.
Councillor Bert Biscoe, cabinet member for transportation, highways and environment, added: "It is really important that people get involved in this consultation process and I look forward to meeting them at the exhibition.
"We would very much like to get as many people involved as possible."