Project aims for well connected Cornwall

A £330,000 project which has just received £165,000 of Objective One funding will create a special team of experts to help Cornwall build the transport links it needs to do business in the 21st century.

The ‘Connecting Cornwall’ staff resource will be based at County Hall and will influence not only the County Council’s own road, rail, cycle, sea and air transport programmes, but also the many other partnerships in the private and public sector responsible for communications in Cornwall. ‘Connecting Cornwall’ is an Objective One Task Force programme with the intention of breaking down infrastructure barriers which constrain Cornwall and Scilly’s economic development, or may threaten the effectiveness of the overall Objective One programme.

This new initiative will give a boost to the necessary feasibility and market research and the development of action plans, ensuring that the best ideas get off the drawing board as fast as possible. Cornwall’s rural economy needs to work harder than its urban counterparts to attract investment, and the ‘Connecting Cornwall’ staff will be targeting some key potential investors. Among the projects in their sights are:

Improving the Truro to Falmouth Rail Branch Line, particularly in view of the CUC Tremough campus and the National Maritime Museum opening in 2002
Regenerating Camelford as the County Council takes responsibility for the de-trunked A39 ‘Atlantic Highway’
Solutions for an A30 to St Austell link road, to help with access to Eden, regenerate St Austell and with China Clay industrial development
A38 Trerulefoot, identifying options for road and bridge improvement and ‘park & ride’ to Plymouth
Rail mainline through Cornwall, particularly upgrade of the single rail section from Probus to Burngullow

The County Council’s Director of Planning, Transportation and Estates, Peter Stethridge, who heads the Connecting Cornwall Objective One Task Force, says: “There is broad agreement that we need to get projects like these underway for the sake of residents and to connect Cornwall properly with its business clients, customers and tourists. The problem is that many good ideas linger too long on the drawing board.

“This funding will help to set aside some expertise here at County Hall which can be utilised to help these schemes become reality.”


Editors notes:

Jason Clark
Communications Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel:01872 241379
Fax:01872 241388