A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross dual carriageway opening date confirmed | UK | News

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A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross dual carriageway opening date confirmed | UK | News

The A30 roadworks between Chiverton and Carland Cross have been delayed for months due to bad weather. The £330m project, led by National Highways, was initially set to reopen Cornwall’s main road by Easter. However, the recent poor weather has pushed back the completion date to June.

National Highways had originally planned to open the new dual carriageway before the Easter half term break in March. But they’ve now confirmed that June is the most likely opening date, CornwallLive reports.

Nick Simmonds Screech, the project director at National Highways, said: « Following a recent review of the programme, we are now on schedule to open the new road to traffic in June, a matter of weeks after our delivery plan open-for traffic commitment.

« Given the effects of the pandemic and the delayed start to the construction programme, and against all the challenges thrown at us by recent weather events, we still look on this as an achievement. »

« Getting the scheme off the ground during the pandemic was particularly challenging in terms of socially distanced working, virtual meetings and ensuring the safety of the workforce, and despite the weather impacts faced over the course of the scheme, we have made good progress to this point with our principal contractors Costain. »

« Once the new dual carriageway’s open, and well before the start of summer school holidays, this will make a significant and positive difference to the journeys of both local communities and businesses, and to the wider travelling public. »

National Highways has shared a series of drone pictures and videos to show the progress of the work. The goals of the nine-mile A30 upgrade between the Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross roundabouts near Truro are to improve safety, reduce congestion and improve journey reliability, improve local connectivity, protect and enhance the environment and promote economic growth within the county.

Since the scheme received its Development Consent Order in 2020, the programme of work had to adapt to the effects of the pandemic and has since been faced with growing weather challenges including 14 Met Office classified storms between January 2021 and August 2023. Since last August alone there have been an unprecedented total of 10 storms affecting Cornwall.

Mr Simmonds-Screech added: « We appreciate the work has had impacts on local communities but through the scheme and other initiatives, we’re aiming to create a lasting legacy for Cornwall. The A30 is a vital scheme for Cornwall and the wider South West and we have pushed ahead on this much-needed scheme, completing work so far with minimal disruption to the travelling public and local residents. »

« Our work is now largely focused on the eastern section of the scheme around Carland Cross, with some overnight and weekend closures of the A30 programmed until the Open for Traffic date. Once the new road is open, the wider project will continue through the year, with ancillary, and finishing-up works, including local authority road refinements, landscaping, planting, Cornish hedging and other environmental and ecological work. »

Rob Taylor, Costain project director for the A30, added: « The scale of the scheme has been a massive undertaking, not least because of the delayed start due to the pandemic and the unprecedented weather conditions. However, our team and supply chain have risen to the challenge and are on track to deliver a fantastic new dual carriageway that will unlock mobility in the region ahead of the summer holidays. »

« The recent Chiverton flyover and Chybucca junction openings represented significant and visible milestones for the project, and we’re now progressing the new Carland junction and the ‘green bridge’ structure at Marazanvose. »

Cet article est apparu en premier en ANGLAIS sur https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1870553/a30-dual-carriageway-opening-date


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