WORK has finally begun on a £12.3 million road improvement scheme that will see the construction of a long-awaited link road connecting St Austell to the A30.
After more than ten years of discussions and consultation, works finally began this week to build a 1.6km stretch of road between the A391 and the A30, a new roundabout, and alterations to the Scredda roundabout. The scheme also includes two new bridges to provide safe walking and cycling links across the A391 to the clay trails.
"The first phase of the work will focus on diverting services and setting up the site compound," explained Tim Wood, Cornwall Council's assistant head of transportation.
"The new road will divert the existing A391 so the majority of the construction will take place without disruption to road users and traffic flows will be maintained, especially during the peak summer period," Mr Wood continued.
It is hoped the new road, between Scredda and Penwithick, will alleviate congestion in the area and improve road safety.
The project, which will be delivered by Cormac Contracting Ltd, is scheduled to take 18 months to finish.
The council said residents would be kept updated about how the construction work was progressing throughout the scheme.
Welcoming the improvements, Bert Biscoe, the Cornwall Council Cabinet member for transport and waste, said: "It's a measure of Cornwall's resilience and engineering excellence that, via Cormac, we are able to be competitive and to deliver our own infrastructure projects."
Funding for the works includes £5.9 million from the European Regional Development Fund and the balance from the Department for Communities and Local Government in support of the St Austell and China Clay Eco-communities.