Transport: Cornwall

Department for Transport written question – answered on 14th February 2019.

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Photo of Steve Double Steve Double Conservative, St Austell and Newquay

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has to invest in transport infrastructure in Cornwall.

Photo of Jesse Norman Jesse Norman Minister of State (Department for Transport)

The Department is investing significantly in transport infrastructure in Cornwall. This spending is helping to deliver a package of investment worth over £2 billion on the strategic road network in the wider south-west, as well as major improvements to the region’s rail network.

Examples on Cornwall specific investment are presented below:

Strategic Roads

  • £76 million investment in dualling the A30 between Temple and Higher Carblake (which opened in July 2017) and £290 million for a new 8.7 mile dual carriageway on the A30 between Chiverton and Carland Cross.


  • The new fleet of 29 Hitachi trains being introduced to services between London and the South West represent an investment worth £361m.

  • The Government has contributed £9m to a package to modernise the Cornish Sleeper trains and move maintenance of the trains from London to a new facility at Penzance Long Rock Depot, creating new local jobs.

  • We are also resignalling the main line from Totnes to Penzance via Plymouth, enabling a more frequent local/regional service to operate on this line.

  • £1.2 million through the Access for All programme for a new footbridge with accessible lifts at St Austell station.


  • Government investment in a new direct air route between Newquay and Heathrow Airport from April 2019 which will give passengers a choice of more than 200 destinations across 85 countries via Heathrow.

    Local Transport Schemes

  • £78 million government investment towards the cost of the St Austell Link Road.

  • £16 million government contribution towards the Camborne–Pool–Redruth (East–West Link) road.

  • £5.5 million for Local Pinch Point schemes at Rialton Link, Treluswell and Union Corner Junctions.

  • £38 million annually for local highway and other local transport maintenance and improvements in Cornwall (up from £30 million in 2010/2011), including over £1.3 million through the Pothole Action Fund.

  • £10 million through the Highways Maintenance Challenge Fund for major asset renewal and improved cycle provision on the main arterial route connecting Truro with the A30 at Carland Cross; and for targeted repair works at 53 sites on the local road network.

  • £2.3 million towards a package of sustainable transport measures in Central and East Cornwall through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

    Growth Deal

  • The Growth Deal funding settlement of over £78 million for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will deliver improvements to Penzance, St Erth and Truro stations and funded Wi-Fi in virtually all Cornish stations. It is also funding lounges / showers for sleeper passengers at Penzance, Truro and Paddington. St Erth is also being upgraded to a new transport interchange including Park & Ride parking for St Ives.

  • Growth Deal money totalling £8 million is also being used to fund a package of improvements to the bus network, including new cleaner vehicles, bus stop improvements and integrated ticketing.

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