The A39 Camelford bypass proposal was approved at Cabinet today (14th December 2020) and will be recommended for approval at full council in January 2021.
The bypass will facilitate housing growth, improved economic and tourist related opportunities in the area, and address local impacts of traffic congestion and the air quality management area in the town.
Key outcomes of the bypass are:
- Improving journey times and reliability on the A39;
- Decreased congestion through Camelford, including queuing particularly in the summer months;
- Help address air quality levels within the Camelford Air Quality Management Area;
- Promoting the local and regional economy through more housing and employment opportunities;
- Reducing the number of slight accidents occurring on the local road network;
- Providing opportunities for place shaping improvement in Camelford townscape;
- Improved NMU facilities and connections; and
- Providing improved access to tourism attractions along the route.
Initial results of the traffic modelling indicate around 80% of the predicted traffic would reassign to the new bypass and journey times and reliability on this section of the A39 would be significantly improved.
Additionally, the scheme allows for drainage ponds, planting and habitat creation to achieve a minimum 10% biodiversity net gain. Provision has been made in the design for a pedestrian cycle underpass of the new scheme linking to the hamlet of Trevia. Similarly, provision has been made for a pedestrian cycle path and agricultural vehicle access to be made under the new Camel bridge to link out to the Slaughterbridge area.
From the south, the scheme will divert from the existing A39 between Tramagenna and Valley Truckle via a roundabout junction. The bypass will extend in a north-west direction and cross the C0644 (to Lanteglos) and the C0567 (to Hendra) where new roundabout junctions would be installed to maintain access. The bypass then extends northwards, parallel to the overhead power lines, and crosses Trevia Lane (between Trevia and Camelford) and the B3266 (to Boscastle). A roundabout junction will maintain the B3266 route. The bypass extends northwards until it curves eastwards to cross the River Camel and the steep-sided valley on a viaduct. The bypass will be located to the north of Trefrew and will re-join the existing A39 near the position of an existing lay-by, to the south of Collans Cross.
Cllr Geoff Brown, Lib Dem Cabinet Member for Transport said:
“The A39 Camelford bypass is excellent news for the people of Camelford, diverting commuters and HGVs out of the town, improving quality of life and pollution levels.
“The Lib Dem proposals will divert the A39 road through Camelford’s town centre, dramatically reducing congestion, rejuvenating the high street, and benefiting communities and businesses.”
Rob Rotchell, Lib Dem Cornwall Councillor for Camelford said,
“This is great news for the people of Camelford, for local businesses and the environment. The new bypass will improve economic growth, help to tackle local congestion and improve air quality in the town.
“I have been campaigning for this for many years and I am encouraged that we are taking this next big step to deliver this much needed and long-awaited project.”