Across the UK, 20 million cars are expected to take to the roads this weekend, making it the busiest of 2017 so far. Helped by glorious sunshine last weekend, hundreds of thousands are expected to visit Cornwall for the Easter break.
At Temple where a section of the A30 is being dualled, work had to continue to meet the July 13 deadline for the project to be finished, the Highways Agency said.
There remains one lane open in each direction and a 40mph speed limit with average speed cameras through the roadworks area.
You can expect long queues at peak times at the start of the roadworks before Jamaica Inn heading westbound – particularly on Thursday evening – and at Bodmin if you’re travelling eastbound – which is likely to be at its worst from Monday late morning onwards.
It’s also likely to be busy between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross, where the A30 goes into a single lane each way past Truro, and again from Crowlas through to Long Rock, just outside Penzance, at peak times.
Around Trago Mills in the Glynn Valley in Cornwall, 4.75 miles of roadworks have been suspended, so drivers no longer have to follow the long diversion westbound, which took them off towards Lostwithiel and forced a local pub to close.
However, at Carkeel roundabout near Saltash, the roadworks continue and there are narrow lanes and open excavations adjacent to the road.
Every year we get the same headlines about traffic building up as everyone it seems gets into their car and travels to Cornwall. This year there are lots of road ‘improvements’ resulting in traffic hold ups.
Doubtless, there are those who will assert that once this set of road ‘improvements’ are complete all will be well. But it wont be. Why you might ask?
1) With more housing and other development, background traffic levels will increase. The perception that it will be easier to travel by car will result in more traffic as the level of induced traffic increases.
While we continue to accept, indeed encourage car use the problem will not go away. Never mind, we are just destroying our environment so it does not matter!