Plea for work on South East Cornwall's 'neglected' A38
CALLS have been made for improvements to the main trunk road in South East Cornwall, with claims that it has been neglected for years.
The A38, which runs through the county and is the main artery for heavy traffic between Bodmin and Saltash, has had to "scrape around" for funding while cash is ploughed into the A30 instead, it has been claimed.
Andrew Long, Mebyon Kernow councillor for Callington, made the calls following a presentation to councillors on the Economic Development White Paper and Development of the 2014 – 2020 EU programme at Liskeard on Monday last week.
Mr Long said: "Cornwall has historically been ignored by central government when talking about infrastructure improvements and the South East has been especially hard hit with little or no work being done to improve the main A38 through the region.
"There are numerous accident hotspots along its length from the Tamar Bridge and Bodmin and, while money has been spent on the A30, the A38 has been left to scrape around for the crumbs of funding and this has had a devastating effect on economic development in the South East of Cornwall."
"The Highways Agency is currently consulting on improvements to their network and it is important that Cornwall Council shouts loud to press for real capital expenditure on this important route. With the new EU funding programme starting next year, we need to have a timetable for improvements to the route so we can encourage new and growing businesses to locate in South East Cornwall," he added.
The Highways Agency consultation is due to end this week and community networks across the route have been asked to comment on the areas that need improvements.
Mr Long believes that for the A38, the length between Saltash and Trerulefoot and Dobwalls and Bodmin are urgently in need of upgrading, and the junctions on the dual carriageway section near Menheniot are traditional accident hotspots.