A30/Temple - Higher Carblake Dualling
|Temple - Higher Carblake Dualling|
|Location Map ( geo)|
|Upgrade (Single to Dual-Carriageway)|
|Construction Start Date|
|2014 to 2015|
|14 July 2017|
The Temple to Higher Carblake Dualling is designed to bring this notorious section of road up to standard. It was the only section of the A30 single carriageway between the M5 and Carland Cross Roundabout with the A39 north of Truro. The upgrade was online with grade separated junctions at either end. It was a joint project between Highways England and Cornwall Council to upgrade the road sooner than would be possible if the road was left to government and as a result the costs are split roughly 50/50 between the government and Cornwall Council and the companies backing it.
The new dual carriageway starts about half a mile west before the dual carriageway ends. The road immediately has a grade separated junction with a couple of local roads and this will also allow access to the service stations on the Eastbound side. The road continues over the old alignment past the petrol stations, with some side roads to allow access to local homes. Soon after there is another junction for local roads and Blisland. The road now has a relatively empty section for a mile or so except a junction on the Westbound side for Temple fisheries before meeting it's final junction. This gives access to the village of Temple. The road now meets the older dualled route to the east and the improvements finish here.
The road has remained much the same for years, with only recent improvements to try and make the road safer. Plans have been around for ages to turn this road into dual carriageway, and in 2005 plans were ready to be implemented. The scheme would have cost around £80 million and it would have included larger junctions and some of the Bodmin Bypass to the West. The new plan shortens the improvements by around a mile and will cost around £20 million less by making the junctions smaller and by running on the same land as the current road. The road currently has to deal with 20,000 cars a day, but it gets nearer 27,000+ during the peak of the Summer Holidays (with some sources claiming more than 30000); well over twice it's theoretical capacity!
Construction started on the scheme on the 10th of June 2015 and is expected to be open to traffic by late June/early July 2017. It should be completed soon after.
5th February 2015
Permission was finally given from the government for this scheme to go ahead, one day before it was due. Kier have been announced as the contractors and work short start this spring.
18th March 2015
Construction is delayed until June for an unspecified reason.
23rd March 2015
The official start to the project began today with the grass cutting ceremony. It was attended by Patrick McLoughlin, Cornwall Council and LEP representative and residents part of the 'Dual the A30' action group.
10th June 2015
Works have started on the £56m scheme today, including temporary speed limits and banned right turns. Local newspapers are predicting 'traffic chaos' for local residents.
26th June 2015
Kier Group have created a website for the scheme. It contains details of the works including overnight closures and project updates.
25th Sept 2015
For those who haven't seen it already, there is a full list of the construction of individual sections of the road. This includes junction closures, bridge construction and carriageway building. All details are available here. There are also new photos of the scheme and they are available here. Both links take you to the Kier website.
18th Jan 2017
The contractors, Kier, announce a completion date for the dualling of this section, which includes the group removing all equipment and signage, by the 13th July 2017. Click here.
11th July 2017
Drivers reporting that the A30 Eastbound has been opened as a dual-carriageway, thus subject to the more-than-less 40 MPH speed limit in place and the formal opening ceremony on Friday. Overnight Closures between 7pm and 6am are also occurring this week. Click here.
14th July 2017
The section fully opened at 6am with no speed restrictions (NSL 70 mph excepted). The only remaining work required will be the opening of the Cardinham Bridge, scheduled for the week commencing 17th July and Temple Bridge scheduled for opening by the end of July. Ancillary works including landscaping will, however, continue throughout this time and into the Autumn. The road has now been running clear in this section.
Devon County Council