1.6 There is no car-based solution for transport in a growing Truro. Our transport modelling requires a significant modal shift from the car to alternative travel into the city centre. On the face of it the development of a significant number of homes at Threemilestone helps the imbalance in Truro between the numbers of jobs and homes in the city but careful planning is needed to avoid exacerbating existing transport issues.
1.7 This development is located where bus, walking or cycling into Truro could be the journey of choice for new residents. If we fail to plan infrastructure for this in a timely way, new residents will use their cars and the road network will not cope. The proposed Northern Access Road (NAR) is critical in providing additional capacity on this part of the A390 corridor, but it must be pedestrian and cycle-friendly. There also needs to be cycle, walking and bus infrastructure to meet the needs of residents as they move in to their new homes. Current proposals, however, do not even provide for a continuous cycleway along the length of the NAR and the design of the road itself focuses more on drivers than pedestrians.
Indeed, there is no car-based solution to Truro’s or Cornwall’s traffic problems. But the approach that if alternatives are provided, people will choose then – to catch a bus, walk or cycle is flawed. It is highly improbable that many people will choose alternative options. If a road exists then people will use it!. The only way to limit car use would be to make it impossible to use a car to get into Truro.
Another problem is that other policies are geared up to encouraging car use. Transport policy is still based on the car. The proposed dualling of the A30 between Chiverton cross, complete with adding more road space, will facilitate and encourage car use. Development policy is focussed on projects that encourage car travel – the new stadium will result in car trips; growing Truro’s retail offer will lead to more traffic.
A total revamp of transport policy is needed and part of that means reducing the right to choose the car!