At the beginning of August 2015 I welcomed Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport Andrew Jones MP to our constituency so he could see first-hand why it is so important that the A391 gets a much needed upgrade.
While the Minister was in the constituency I also gave him a tour of the new road infrastructure near Carluddon and outlined in full the reasons why we need these essential improvements in place as soon as possible. I will continue to work with colleagues in Cornwall and in Westminster to make sure we get the investment we need in transport infrastructure.
Following this the Chancellor wrote to me in December to confirm the Government has committed substantial funding for the construction of major local transport schemes, such as the improvements to the A391 linking the A30 to St Austell.
This would provide a vital and much needed direct link from the A30 to St Austell that also provides an alternative route for traffic that current goes through the villages of Bugle and Roche, was just the sort of scheme he had in mind when implementing the fund.
This road has been discussed for many years and I am delighted that it is now looking like it could happen. The Transport Team at Cornwall Council are currently conducting a public consultation to help determine the best route. I will continue to work with them to ensure we are able to construct this new road as soon as possible. But it is very good news that with the Government’s support the funding will be available and at long last this road will get built.