The Transport Secretary travelled across Cornwall today (19 February 2015) to see how government investment in the county’s transport system is helping tackle long-standing connectivity challenges.
He flew into Newquay Airport from Gatwick, an air route supported by £2.5 million government funding. More than 17,000 passengers have used the route in the first 2 months of operation and it is estimated 100,000 travellers will use the route each year for work and leisure.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:
Cornwall is seeing the benefits of the government’s investment in transport. Better road, air, rail and sea links will make the county an even more attractive destination for businesses and visitors. Our transport infrastructure funding is supporting economic growth and creating jobs in Cornwall as part of this government’s long-term economic plan.
The Transport Secretary also visited the new Camborne Pool-Redruth Link Road which, when opened later this year, will unlock land for development and help create 5,500 jobs and 6,200 new homes. Mr McLoughlin’s tour also included a visit to Penzance Harbour where he toured the ferry Scillonian III and viewed ongoing work to improve the harbour. In addition, the Transport Secretary saw how funding from the Local Growth Deal will help relieve congestion and support economic growth in Truro, and discussed planned improvements to the city’s railway station.