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A30 Temple to
Higher Carblake
improvement scheme

FAQs

What is happening and why?

ANSWER:

We are dualling the section of the A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake to the east of Bodmin, and building three new ‘grade separated’ junctions - bridges over the new road which will provide safer access on to and off the trunk road in both directions.
What will the new road look like?

ANSWER:

The new road will be a dual carriageway and will have three overbridges.
What is it costing?

ANSWER:

The current estimate for total project costs is £56.5m.
Who’s paying for it?

ANSWER:

Cornwall Council is proposing to deliver and part-fund the scheme on behalf of the Secretary of State with a capped contribution of £46.5m from the Department for Transport
Who designed it?

ANSWER:

CORMAC Consultancy designed the new road
Who is doing the work?

ANSWER:

Kier Infrastructure has been appointed as Principal Contractor
Who is MACE?

ANSWER:

Cornwall Council have appointed MACE as its project manager for the contract to ensure that costs are controlled, programme's are met and quality is maintained.
How long will it take?

ANSWER:

Cornwall Council recently announced that the completion date for the project will be 13th July 2017. Prior to this date it is anticipated that four lanes will be operational before the busy summer holiday period. During this period there will be a phased opening of the overbridges.
What will be the benefits?

ANSWER:

1. A much safer road 2. Contribution to the wider economy of Cornwall, easing congestion, making journeys more reliable and making it easier to get around Cornwall.
Why are you working for Cornwall Council on a trunk road operated by the Highways Agency? (or Highways England as they are now called)

ANSWER:

Cornwall Council is working in partnership with Highways England (formerly the Highways Agency) and the Department for Transport
Why don’t you build it away from the current road to reduce disruption to traffic?

ANSWER:

This would involve considerable additional costs, and the acquisition of substantial areas of land through compulsory purchase. The additional cost and time required to acquire the land would make the scheme unviable. The land to either side of the existing road is ecologically important moorland and the impact on the surrounding area is minimised by the approach of widening the existing road.
Why are you starting work at the busiest time of the year in Cornwall?

ANSWER:

We would have always needed two summers. Unfortunately the winter of 2015/16 was the wettest on record and caused us logisitical problems with the earthworks programme. Congestion has traditionally occured through this section of trunk road. We are not therefore creating a ‘new’ problem for traffic.
What are you doing to minimise congestion?

ANSWER:

We have taken measures to ensure the trunk road traffic moves as freely as possible. Apart from the fact that a lower speed limit can often have the effect of ‘smoothing’ traffic flow, we have also banned some right hand turns, and crossing movements which would interrupt the flow. We have also directed traffic to use both lanes on the approach to the scheme and to ‘merge in turn’. This avoids the stop/start issues created by drivers trying to ‘barge in’ to queues.
Why is the speed limit 40mph, and not 50mph as in most roadworks on dual carriageways?

ANSWER:

The lower limit is in place because the widths of the running lanes have had to be significantly reduced in many places to allow construction of the new road to proceed. The limit is in place to protect both the workforce, often operating in very close proximity to traffic, and motorists negotiating their way through a busy construction site. Travelling at 40 mph instead of 70 and 60mph through the total length of the speed limit (5 miles) only takes an additional 3 minutes and 30 seconds.
Is the speed limit being enforced?

ANSWER:

Yes – the speed limit is being strictly enforced with the use of average speed cameras which operate 24/7, 365 days of the year.
What are you doing to prevent ‘rat running’ through local villages by motorists trying to avoid the queues?

ANSWER:

For westbound traffic we have banned A30 traffic from turning off and driving through Temple. For eastbound traffic we have closed the Helland junction for traffic turning off the A30. Local traffic will still be able to turn on to the trunk road. Albeit we have erected signs showing 'No Access to A30' and 'Do not use SatNav for A30 traffic' drivers unfortunately continue to ignore these valuable signs.
Why have you stopped people turning right at the junctions?

ANSWER:

This is for two reasons: 1. The safety of both motorists and road workers. The road has been reduced to one, mostly narrow, lane in each direction and there are now no ‘refuges’ in the centre where vehicles have in the past been able to stop whilst awaiting a gap in the oncoming traffic. 2. To avoid serious congestion, especially in the summer months, when traffic will need to stop to wait for people turning right off the trunk road.
When will I be able to turn right on to the A30?

ANSWER:

As we are building a dual carriageway, there will no longer be any actual right turns. However, we are constructing ‘grade separated junctions’ – or overbridges, which will allow traffic joining the trunk road to travel in either direction.
How will you minimise noise pollution during the works?

ANSWER:

All road construction works contain varying amounts of noisy operations. On this project there is a limited number of residences/businesses alongside the road. In those areas we will liaise with residents to ensure our noisier operations are carried out at a time when they will cause the least intrusion. We also liaise closely with the environmental health dept. in Cornwall Council to ensure full compliance with any county requirements.
How will you minimise dust pollution during the works?

ANSWER:

During periods of dry weather when dust can become a problem, mainly caused by moving construction plant, we will have water bowsers on standby to dampen down any problem areas.
What are you doing to protect wildlife on the Moor?

ANSWER:

We have a dedicated environmental team who ensure that there is minimal disturbance to the wild animals and birds on and around the site. Where necessary some species have been relocated to ensure they are out of harm’s way.
Are you providing employment for local people?

ANSWER:

Yes – both individuals and local sub-contractors
How can I be kept informed about progress?

ANSWER:

You can view the website at http://www.kier-a30cornwall.co.uk/ and/or send your email address to a30bodmin@kier.co.uk with a request to receive electronic newsletters.
Why are there diversions for A30 traffic through local villages?

ANSWER:

When the A30 is closed traffic is not diverted through the local network, but via the Highways England recognised diamond route of A39/A395 Highgate Hill (Indian Queens) & Kennards House (Launceston) and vice versa. The A30 will only be closed for 36 nights to allow changes to the traffic management and for bridge beam installation.
How are you trying to prevent trunk road traffic diverting through local villages/lanes

ANSWER:

We try to deter all queuing traffic (including cars, vans and HGV’s) from using local diversions by using appropriate signage. However with drivers having access to satnav or similar divices this is becoming more and more difficult to discourage. The Helland and Blisland area was notorious for eastbound A30 traffic attempting to traverse the bottleneck at Temple whereas westbound A30 traffic is now encouraged to divert off the A30 well before Temple with the use of advanced signing by Highways England. We will continue to monitor the situation to ensure the best possible outcome for local residents.
How are you trying to manage excess speed along the diversion routes?

ANSWER:

Many of the roads are narrow and winding, and thus provide a natural deterrent for speeding. We are working with Cornwall Council to identify problem areas and to attempt to introduce mitigating measures. For example we have deployed signs to warn drivers of the possibility of horse riders or pedestrians in the road.
What about cyclists using the A30?

ANSWER:

For their own safety cyclists are prohibited from riding through the roadworks. It is not safe for cyclists as the single lanes are narrow; hence the 40mph reduced speed limit. As a result of the prohibition a well signed diversion route is available for all cyclists:- For cyclists travelling east on the A30 they should leave at the Bodmin off-ramp at Carminow Cross and follow the clearly marked cycle route via Fletchers Bridge, Mount and Bolventor. For cyclists travelling west on the A30 they should leave at the Colliford Lake turn-off and follow the clearly marked cycle route via Mount and Fletchers Bridge.
Did you know?

ANSWER:

The A30 at Temple is the first section of road/motorway, which is not dual carriageway, you will meet if you journey from Dunblane in Scotland – 519 miles!Temple derives its name from the hospice founded by Knights Templars who built a refuge for pilgrims and travellers, en route to the Holy Land, in the 12th century

Contact
Information

We value your feedback.

“To assist local residents, Kier have opened a ‘Help Desk’ to discuss any clarification on the scheme. Please call our Help Desk number, leave a message, name and email address and we will endeavour to respond quickly. Alternatively, please contact us via email; we welcome all comments.”

Help Desk: 07779 439637

Email: a30bodmin@kier.co.uk