As a councillor who expressed concern years ago about the (then proposed) Tregolls bus lane, I would like to flag another part of the so called Truro Sustainable Transport Strategy that is causing me concern.
As recently as 2008 the junction with Newbridge Lane on the A390 into Truro was made into a 'semi roundabout' in a deliberate attempt to deprioritise traffic exiting from Newbridge Lane - and so keep the traffic on A390 running. A bus lane was also created through this junction.
After many draft plans it is now proposed to scrap the scheme, which cost several hundred thousands pounds. Instead the junction will have traffic lights and the end of Penwerris Road, which was closed off, will be reopened for traffic exiting Malabar. This is to reprioritise Newbridge Lane and allow it to cope with additional development on the Dudman Estate (which goes to Strategic Planning Committee on 17th December). This will cost more than £1 million.
Under the Labour Government's Regional Spatial Strategy in 2008 even more development was proposed for Truro than the current plan.
It is nonsense to tell us that we are not to worry as this will all be paid for by the Government and developers. If we ask for money for this , it undoubtedly reduces what we can get for other things.
That bus lane is now considered unnecessary. If small sections of bus lane are not necessary why was the small section on Tregolls Road (in and out of town) ever installed in the first place?
Please look out for the Council's consultation in January and make your views known.