The dual of the South West: goodbye tailbacks, hello Cornwall

A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake

Woohoo, car journeys into and around Cornwall have got a whole lot easier!

Last Friday (14th July), the improvement works on the A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake were completed and this crisp new dual carriageway opened for the first time.   

All four lanes are now open and free from traffic management, so for the first time ever drivers can expect a gloriously straight run from Exeter all the way to Carland Cross in mid-Cornwall.

It means a big kiss goodbye to tailbacks and “we’re so near yet so far” screams of frustration and a straight swap between sitting in traffic jams and time spent on the beach. Journey times will reduce, holidays will start sooner and Cornwall will be better connected to the rest of the country – yep, we’re excited too!

Did you know?

  • You can now travel the entire way from central Scotland to Carland Cross in Cornwall without going on a single carriageway
  • The length of road involved in the improvement works is 2.8 miles (4.5km) 
  • Around 19,000 vehicles a day use this stretch of the A30, rising to 38,000 in the summer
  • The project has taken just over two years to complete and was over 25 years in the making
  • The improvements have cost £60 million and have been part-funded and delivered by Cornwall Council in conjunction with the Highways Agency and the Department for Transport
  • CORMAC Consultancy designed the works and contractors, Kier, were commissioned to carry them out
  • It’s predicted that the new-look road could mean a £117 million economic boost for Cornwall
  • The dual carriageway has been constructed literally alongside the old single road 
  • The improvements include a large multi species culvert built to offer a safe haven for wildlife to cross under the new dual carriageway from one side of the moorland to the other
  • The stretch of single carriageway between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross on the A30 is next on the hit list - it is set to start getting the dual treatment in 2020

Check out the Cornwall Council website for more details or Traffic England for up-to-the-minute traffic news.