|Location Map ( geo)|
|From:||St Blazey (SX068548)|
|To:||Newtown, Fowey (SX109524)|
|Distance:||5.7 miles (9.2 km)|
|Meets:||A390, B3269, B3415|
|Former Number(s):||B3271, B3272, A3084|
|Old route now:||B3415|
|Route outline (key)|
The A3082 is a three-branched link road in south Cornwall, with two of the branches meeting the A390.
The more southerly of the A390 junctions is between St Blazey Gate and St Austell at SX051532 at a roundabout junction. Proceeding eastwards down Par Moor Road in fairly straight line, this would have been almost completely rural in 1922, but is now bedevilled by garden centres, retail outlets and the like; it consequently attracts quite high traffic volumes. Presently it reaches an area of disused industrial buildings, before reaching a traffic light guarding a single-track underpass of the main rail line in Cornwall.
After the lights is the entrance to Par Docks. Constructed chiefly for the export of china clay, it still fulfils this role today. Crossing under the railway again (this time with enough room for passing vehicles) the road reaches the edge of Par itself where it meets its other branch and a right turn for the continuance of the road.
The other branch starts at SX068548 in St Blazey. This starts as a signal-controlled junction (with the A390 westbound to the A3082 escaping the signal and having a give-way line). Passing small terraced houses, St Blazey turns into Par and the road runs alongside the Newquay branch line. Turning left at a mini-roundabout, the road soon meets its other fork.
Turning left from the road from St Blazey, there is immediately a level-crossing, but this is with the old Par Docks line, now used not for industrial freight, but only for the very occasional steam special. The road goes under the main rail line for a third time before reaching a one-way system. The eastbound route is more circuitous and has to give-way at a junction with an unclassified road which takes the A3082 designation after the right turn at the junction. At the end of the one-way system, the left lane is taken for the continuance and the house are mostly bungalow in style as Par comes to an end.
At Polmear the road goes under the former Par to Fowey freight railway line, converted after closure in 1968 to a private road for china clay trucks linking Par and Fowey docks. Climbing the long Polmear Hill, the road becomes rural in character and becomes subject to the National Speed Limit. It passes a Texaco garage before terminating on a roundabout junction with the B3269 and the B3415, called Newtown Crossroads.
On first numbering, the branch from St Blazey to Fowey was numbered as the B3272 and the rest of the route was numbered as the B3271. By 1932 the former B3272 and the section from Par to Fowey had been numbered as the A3082. The remaining rump of the B3271 was renumbered as the A3084 slightly later but then became part of the A3082 in 1935, giving the road its spur.
At that stage the road continued from its current roundabout terminus down to Fowey town centre, as the B3271 always did. In recent times the route from Newtown Crossroads has been re-numbered as the B3415 with even that not reaching the centre now, te narrow and steep road to the centre becoming unclassified.