George Eustice, Member of Parliament for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle recently visited the new road development at Ponsanooth to meet with the local Councillor for the area, Cllr Peter Williams, and members of the local Parish Council.
The A393 is a busy strategic road in Cornwall connecting Falmouth to Redruth, regularly carrying around 10,000 vehicles per day through the village of Ponsanooth. For many years the community have raised concerns regarding the negative effect the road has on the village, none more so than the issue of highway and pedestrian safety. The new development includes a new pedestrian crossing and a new bus shelter, which means residents can use public transport safely.
Now the works are finished, it is welcome that residents are already regularly using the crossing, and the other works have provided the benefit of slowing vehicles down in the village. Furthermore, the proposed 20mph speed limit will undoubtedly make the road safer for its users too. Looking to the future the Parish Council intends to continue working closely with Cornwall Council to bring about improvements to the footway on this road as there is only one footway along its length in the village which in places is severely narrow. This will hopefully make the road safer for both local residents and road users alike.
Following the visit, George Eustice MP commented, “the new road safety measures that have been installed in Ponsanooth and the new bus stop will make a real difference for the residents that live there. I welcome that the Cornwall Council is delivering on their pledge to improve road safety, particularly with the plans to introduce a 20mph speed limit through the village and I look forward to continuing to work with Cllr Peter Williams and the Parish Council on further improvements in the future.”
Local Cornwall Councillor, Peter Williams added, “It is great to see that after 4 and ½ years of working with Cornwall Council, the parish council and people of the parish were able to provide evidence to support a safe crossing so school children and pedestrians alike can cross a very busy A393 strategic road that passes through Ponsanooth village. This will make an enormous difference to all who live in Ponsanooth as this road has not changed for nearly 100 Years. Back in the horse and cart years, Ponsanooth was used to manufacture Gunpower used in explosives in mines across Cornwall. It is positive to see this important heritage recognised through the design of the new bus shelters. I would like to thank all the members of the Parish Council for their tireless work in getting this project across the line.”