Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Newspaper column 11 April 2018 - Funding for Cornwall

Despite what some people may try to tell you, Cornwall is currently in the middle of the biggest ever investment in our transport infrastructure. I thought it would be worthwhile to lay out some of what is going on.

Firstly, on our roads. After more than 20 years of waiting we are all now enjoying the benefits of the dualling of the A30 at Temple. As someone who uses this stretch of road at least twice every week now I appreciate what a difference it makes.

Now focus is on the next stretch of our main trunk road as plans are now being developed to dual the Carnon to Chiverton Cross section.

These improvements will amount to almost £300 million and this is on top the £79 million the Government has confirmed for a new link road from St Austell to the A30.

We are also all aware how import the railway is for connecting Cornwall to the rest of the country. In just a few weeks time we will see the new trains rolling on our local tracks. This represents an investment of almost £500 million into the Great Western network. These new trains will provide 25% more seats and will also reduce the journey time from Penzance to Paddington by up to 14 minutes.

Additionally, Network Rail are currently spending millions updating the signalling on the rail line through Cornwall which will enable more frequent trains to run.

Although not in the Duchy we are all aware of how important it is that the track through Devon remains open. The government has invested tens of millions of pounds in improving the resilience of the track both at Cowley Bridge near Exeter which has been prone to flooding and on the coast at Dawlish. Further work is planned to strengthen this stretch and ensure it is fit for the future.
On top of these multi million investments we have also seen:

New buses being rolled out across Cornwall – to be seen in mid-Cornwall any day now.

£100m Cornwall Business Investment Fund through the British Business Bank.

£2.3m of Government funding from the Housing Infrastructure Fund for the West Carclaze Garden Village.

Funding for the long-needed mental health in-patient unit for children and young people in Cornwall, due to open in April 2019.

Millions every year from the Pothole Fund, including £2,572,746 this year.

Ongoing support from the government for vital airlink from Newquay to London.

It is true to say that Cornwall has in the past been overlooked by successive governments but I genuinely do not believe this is the case now. This Government has shown it is committed to invest in our Cornish infrastructure.

Of course there is much more to do in order to make up for lost time and to keep pace with our future needs. I, along with my Cornish MP colleagues will continue to do all we can to make sure we get the support we need from the government and investment from the private sector.

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