Council offers more details about Bodmin’s new Callywith Gate roundabout
16th February 2017
Construction work starts this week on a new roundabout just off the A30 at Callywith Gate, Bodmin. The works will involve some night-time road closures.
The roundabout is being built to cater for demand from the new Callywith College, which is currently under construction, and also to provide access to existing and future developments at Callywith Gate allocated through the Local Plan.
Cornwall Council says the scheme is also designed to encourage drivers to reduce their speed along Launceston Road when exiting the A30.
The scheme is being built by CORMAC on behalf of the Council. Cris Peck, CORMAC’s construction manager for the scheme, said: "Construction will be carried out in several phases, with the overall aim of keeping traffic flowing and disruption to a minimum.
“With the exception of a couple of days under traffic lights while we install new crossings, works until after Easter are mostly offline, meaning that they are off the road itself, reducing any potential impact on traffic. Where work on the road is needed, it tends to be undertaken at night and is out of the way by 7am, meaning there is little disturbance to peak-time traffic.
“As a result, some short duration night-time closures will be necessary to carry out surfacing works. We will give plenty of notice before carrying out such closures, and I’m sure people will appreciate the reasoning for doing so.
“Access for residents and businesses will be maintained at all times, and we will be regularly updating the CORMAC website with information on the scheme’s progress and any traffic management implications.
“We thank people in advance for their patience and co-operation throughout the duration of these works. We’re confident that the end benefits will be worth the wait.”
Additional funding for the project has come from a developer contribution from Truro and Penwith College, which is opening Callywith College in September 2017, and Cornwall Council ring-fenced money.
Mark Wardle, Callywith College principal designate, said: “The staff at Callywith College are delighted that construction of the new roundabout at Callywith in Bodmin is to get underway. The roundabout is a vital transport cog in the college’s surrounding infrastructure and as well as easing traffic flows for Bodmin residents and visitors will play an essential part in our goal of improving access to quality education for the young people of Cornwall.”