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A388, Carkeel, Saltash - Geograph - 66923.jpg
A388, Carkeel, Saltash
Old A30 - Coppermine - 22067.jpg
Old A30

The hairpin bend has recently had this pavement extension added, reducing road space on the left by half for no obvious reason, 33 years after the bypass opened. Exeter St. coming out on the right.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Apr 30, 2009 by SteveA30
A388 Amy Tree junction, Viverdon Down, Callington - Geograph - 178795.jpg
A388 Amy Tree junction, Viverdon Down, Callington
Along the road at Kelly Bray - Geograph - 450318.jpg
Along the road at Kelly Bray
New housing on the edge of Launceston - Geograph - 330720.jpg
New housing on the edge of Launceston
Old A30 (now A388) east of Launceston - Geograph - 1029525.jpg
Old A30 (now A388) east of Launceston
Peek Moor Cross in January - Geograph - 1672403.jpg
Peek Moor Cross in January
Cottage on A388 - Geograph - 468540.jpg
Cottage on A388
A388 at Vencott - Geograph - 698136.jpg
A388 at Vencott
Main Road at Viverdon Down - Geograph - 291827.jpg
Main Road at Viverdon Down
Roundabout on the A388, Viverdon Down, St Mellion - Geograph - 178803.jpg
Roundabout on the A388, Viverdon Down, St Mellion
Roundabout, St Mellion, Cornwall - Geograph - 178817.jpg
Roundabout, St Mellion, Cornwall
Carkeel Roundabout, Saltash - Geograph - 67675.jpg
Carkeel Roundabout, Saltash
A388 at Carkeel Barns - Saltash - Geograph - 1599734.jpg
A388 at Carkeel Barns - Saltash
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11. Convoy

Another bunch come up. Their was no pavement on the left in A30 days, you walked behind the white wall, which always had large chunks missing and loose bricks lying around. Summer days here were chaos, as locals trying to turn right into one of the side roads had to look out for artics coming round the bend downhill, whilst waiting for a gap. Queues stretched from Lifton and back towards Okehampton, which was another bottleneck of course.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Dec 07, 2006 by SteveA30
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12. Old A30

Downhill lorries had to go very wide to allow space for uphill ones like this. Locals coming out of the 2 turns also had to hold back from the line to keep their front wings intact!

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Dec 07, 2006 by SteveA30
14. A30, until 1976. - Coppermine - 9445.jpg
14. A30, until 1976.

Standing here on the original alignment of the bend, looking west, at a westbound lorry, heading east. Just for a few yards.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Dec 07, 2006 by SteveA30
15. Launceston hairpin bend. - Coppermine - 9444.jpg
15. Launceston hairpin bend.

As it was only a w/bnd flow, there were no conflicts but, in A30 days, downhill lorries hugged the kerb to allow space for the uphill ones. In the 2 evenings, only 1 lorry went downhill and, that was a yellow highways one loaded with cones and signs so, probably only there because of the diversion.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Dec 07, 2006 by SteveA30
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Photo 1. Old A30, Launceston. Wed. 28/6/06

Prouts Corner, Launceston on the old A30, in the quiet state its been in since Wed. March 31 1976, when the bypass opened, just after 11am. A news item on the HA website on 22/6/06 warned of a 2 night diversion, w/bnd only from 7pm to 6am, on 27 & 28 June, which meant daylight for at least 3 hours. I was ready and waiting.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Dec 07, 2006 by SteveA30
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2. Old A30, Launceston. Wed. 28/6/06

The diversion commences and old scenarios are repeated. Not much space and, many conflicting movements. This was only a w/bnd diversion, with e/bnd also in the old days, the scenes can be imagined.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Dec 07, 2006 by SteveA30
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3. Old A30, Wed. 28/6/06

An artic pokes its nose into Prouts Corner. The original bend followed the line by the white car and, the outside must have been where the centre lines now are, I would guess. This was far too tight for even the smaller lorries of old and was soon widened. The A388 comes out of the road by the red building and used to multiplex with the A30 in the foreground. Now, it goes in 3 directions here, having assumed the A30's route downhill also. Original A30 pre-war, went along the other left hand turn into town.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Dec 07, 2006 by SteveA30
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4. Old A30, Wed. 28/6/06

This was the start of the bypass from about 1939 but, around 1942/3, it was widened as seen here, because the RAF Queen Mary trailers couldn't get round, and the town route was/is even tighter. They were used to collect damaged planes for repair. They were a common sight on our roads until the late 60's at least. Note the trailer roof flexing on the bend.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Dec 07, 2006 by SteveA30
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5. Old A30, Launceston

The pre war A30 carried on up Exeter St. where I'm standing. Tavistock Rd. to the right was just a T junction, before the widening of the bend in the war, about 1942. Original alignment, by the garages. Prouts Garage was where the flats are behind the lorry and was another cause of hold ups from those turning right into it.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Dec 07, 2006 by SteveA30
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8. Old A30, 28/6/06

Another artic scrapes around Prouts Corner. The tyre marks were from these two evenings activities.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Dec 07, 2006 by SteveA30
Tamar valley - Geograph - 609161.jpg
Tamar valley
The line of the A388 snakes across the valley floor from Dutson to cross the Tamar at Nether Bridge. Netherbridge Farm, the white house on the low hill, is just into SX3587.
Polson Bridge - Geograph - 329592.jpg
Polson Bridge
This place has been a bridging point over the River Tamar for many years. There used to be a six arched medieval bridge but that was torn down and replaced in 1835 by a new bridge with two stone side arches and an iron central span. Sometime later the ironwork was dismantled and replaced with a large stone central span
Woodford Bridge as seen from downstream - Geograph - 1821255.jpg
Woodford Bridge as seen from downstream
Newspaper story - Coppermine - 9603.jpg
Newspaper story

The Cornish & Devon Post reports on the low key opening of the Launceston bypass on Wed. March 31 1976. The Link Road in the top junction diagram, was the temporary A30 for about a year, because the D2 wiped out the original road for about 1 mile.

Originally uploaded to Coppermine on Dec 30, 2006 by SteveA30
Western Road, Launceston (C) Philip Halling - Geograph - 2862382.jpg
Western Road, Launceston (C) Philip Halling

 

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