Bringing many advantages to the area, including improving accessibility and boosting regeneration and growth, is the new Camborne, Pool, Redruth East–West link road construction project, now in its final stages.
The scheme also aims to remove commercial and through traffic from the existing A3047 (Camborne to Redruth), reducing community severance and improving the environment for residents adjoining the road.
The project, which is expected to fully complete in June 2015, is being carried out for Cornwall Council by main contractors Carillon.
The discovery of various unmapped mining features, as well as Japanese Knotweed, are some of the challenges overcome by the contract team during the works.
The Camborne, Pool, Redruth (CPR) area was formerly an important centre for tin mining. With the closure of the mines there was a downturn in the local economy and the last mine, South Crofty, closed in 1998. The area has a high level of deprivation with 15% unemployment and 25% of households dependant to some extent on state benefits.
The East-West link will provide access to new development areas and relieve the existing East Hill junction, allowing capacity for a number of other developments to go ahead. This will lead to the creation of up to 5,500 new jobs and associated new homes over the next 20 years – largely on contaminated former mining ‘brownfield’ sites.
The route of the new road will form a link from Dolcoath to Dudnance Lane and from Dudnance to Wilson Way.
Principal elements of the scheme include: provision of a North-South corridor in Pool – a gateway dual carriageway to provide quick access from the existing A30 trunk road junction at Tolvaddon to the main regeneration area in Pool, involving reconstruction and widening of the existing A3047.
Another key element is the construction of a new East-West link between Redruth and Camborne – a single carriageway road acting as a distributor for the new developments and existing industrial estates in the Pool regeneration area, and as an alternative link road to relieve the congested A3047.
A third main element is the conversion of the A3047 between Camborne bus station and Redruth railway station into a sustainable transport corridor.
The programme of works also involves the construction of a new roundabout at Wilson Way; the formation of new signalised junctions at Penhallick Road and Heartlands Park; and the construction of a new bridge/viaduct across the Red River
Further elements of the scheme include river works and environmental mitigation measures, as well as the provision of pedestrian/cycling shared paths on both sides of the route. The long term benefits for cyclists and pedestrians include improved crossing provision and increased safety due to the design changes in the access to industrial units
This major scheme will help achieve the key aims of the transport strategy and will encourage growth industries, generating high skill jobs and transforming the Camborne, Pool, Redruth area into the ‘Business Heart of Cornwall’.