Reducing access or increasing access?

The scheme reduces the severance cased by the dual carriageway section of the A3047 that separates the development site from the town. The existing dual carriageway will be downgraded to single carriageway, and there will be a range of streetscape improvements designed to reduce speeds and facilitate pedestrian and cycle movements.

[SEP Scheme Summary – CPR 140328 – FINAL (v2, Prepared by Parsons Brinckerhoff, March 2014, for Cornwall Council]

In 2008 the Barncoose end of the East West Link road was opened.
Called Barncoose Avenue, it is the first part of Cornwall County Council’s proposed £48 million east-west link road from Redruth to Camborne, and will allow for further development of the east end of Barncoose Industrial Estate, with the potential to accommodate around 950 new jobs.

Stephen Bohane, head of business development at SWRDA, said: “Our role is to invest to unlock Cornwall’s business potential and this new road is an excellent example of that. Barncoose Avenue will transform access to the industrial estate, which is great news for local businesses, and it will make the estate far more attractive to inward investors.”

In 2010, the BBC reported: An ambitious scheme to build offices and industrial units in Cornwall has been granted European funding. The £13.5m Barncoose Gateway project in Redruth is expected to create more than 170 jobs for the area. Nine office and hybrid/industrial units will be built on a 1.37 hectare site near the A30 with direct access to the Barncoose Link Road.

Is it not a little odd that the latest road scheme reduces access from the A30 to the old A3047/Link road when the Barncoose Avenue road was designed to improve access. The Barncoose link road with its access to the A30 was seen as instrumental in developing the employment land?

Now employees and goods and service vehicles will find their approach route from the A30 along a slow, congested single carriageway!


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