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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:

The dual carriageway is now complete with verge landscaping to be carried out. The three overbridges Cardinham Downs, Preeze Cross & Temple Tor are now all open to traffic.
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 40mph average speed limit has now been removed. The road is now subject to the national speed limit for Dual Carriageways.
Is the speed limit being enforced?

ANSWER:

Yes – Speed limit enforcement is used to check that road vehicles are complying with the speed limits.
What are you doing to prevent ‘rat running’ through local villages by motorists trying to avoid the queues?

ANSWER:

Rat-running using the local lanes will now be a thng of the past with no need to encroach on the local byways to avoid the long queues.
Why have you stopped people turning right at the junctions?

ANSWER:

This safety matter is no longer required.
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 devices, this is becoming more and more difficult to discourage. The Helland and Blisland areas were 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:

Cyclists are no longer prohibited from using this section of A30.
Did you know?

ANSWER:

The A30 at Temple is no longer the first section of road/motorway, which is not dual carriageway, you will meet if you journey from Dunblane in Scotland – 519 miles!. That honour now goes to Carland Cross further west on the A30

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