|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||St Erth (SW543360)|
|To:||St Ives (SW517404)|
|Distance:||3.9 miles (6.3 km)|
|Meets:||A30, B3301, B3306|
|Former Number(s):||B3307, B3306|
|Route outline (key)|
The A3074 is a short A-road in west Cornwall, running close by the railway line from St Erth to St Ives made famous by Flanders & Swann.
St Erth - St Ives
The first junction is in a couple of hundred yards and, although the two mini-roundabouts are not directly together, they are marked on the same Advance Direction Sign. The first right turn is actually another branch of the B3301, but it is marked on the ADS only as "Park & Ride to St Ives"; this is at Lelant Saltings Station. The left fork at the second roundabout is marked "St Ives (B3311)" and suggests that route is for "day visitors" and also HGVs and coaches. This is all part of a scheme to keep drivers away from the narrow St Ives streets. The right fork at the second roundabout is at least marked for St Ives and the A3074.
The 30 mph limit starts for the village of Lelant immediately, which the road then enters. There is a left-hand bend and a hill and the road climbs away from the village. The speed limit changes to 40 mph and after a short while the hamlet of Longstone and then the seaside resort of Carbis Bay, return the limit to 30mph. There is a mini-roundabout for the Carbis Bay Tesco.
Ribbon development has ensured that there is not really a gap between Carbis Bay and St Ives, but at last vehicle occupants can actually now see the sea. After a glimpse there is actually a rather good view down to St Ives Harbour on the front right.
In a further attempt to keep people away from the town centre, the road has been re-engineered and the mainline of the road now bears left along Albert Road to the edge-of-town car parks. A3074 traffic must TOTSO right and pass a sign prohibiting motor vehicles during the daytime except for access. The road drops down a hill into the town, passes above the station and then becomes narrow, losing its centre line. It ends at a staggered crossroads in the town centre with both the left turn and forward directions being the B3306. There are actually road signs here directing traffic out of town.
If you go in the summer months, the four-mile route will seem a lot longer because of the slow going.
Except for the southernmost section which was numbered B3307, the whole route used to be an extension of the B3306. It was changed to the current designation in one of the very early re-numberings in the 1920s. The B3306 was, in recompense, given a small extra route through the town to the harbour which used to be the B3308, although this change could have taken place later.