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Moor dualling plans get go-ahead
The iron bridge on Goss Moor
If approved, the dualling would include the notorious Iron Bridge
Cornwall's most notorious stretch of road is to be widened into a dual carriageway next year.

The government has finally confirmed that work to dual the A30 in central Cornwall will begin in January.

The plan involves building a new dual carriageway north of the existing single carriageway, avoiding Goss Moor.

But some environmentalists have criticised the £69m scheme, saying it could wipe out rare species of flora and fauna.

This scheme will provide improved access to central and west Cornwall
David Jamieson

The dualling will bypass a single lane stretch of the road on Goss Moor which connects two dualled sections. Traffic jams on the single lane can last for hours.

The plans will ease congestion around the Iron Bridge - which is a notorious accident blackspot.

Transport Minister David Jamieson said: "The A30 is a strategically important route for all of Cornwall and vital for the county's economic future.

"In particular, this scheme will provide improved access to central and west Cornwall in the interests of economic development and tourism. It will also make journeys more reliable for motorists."

However, Goss Moor is an important nature reserve and many environmentalists fear an adverse impact on wildlife.

Mr Jamieson said: "The road as it is at the moment is not good news for the environment because a lot of the time traffic is at a standstill, causing pollution.

"There's also the hazard of the bridge and the accidents that have occurred there."

It is expected to take two years to complete the scheme.




SEE ALSO:
Beauty spot saved from dual road
29 Nov 04 |  Cornwall
Criticism of road inquiry delays
30 Jul 04 |  Cornwall
Anxious wait over dualling plans
07 Jul 04 |  Cornwall
Date for Goss Moor inquiry
08 Jan 04 |  Cornwall
Goss Moor team to meet
14 Nov 03 |  Cornwall
Grant moves Goss dualling closer
01 Oct 03 |  Cornwall


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