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23 February 2015, 16:07
The South East Cornwall Chamber of Commerce says businesses want to see the whole road dualled
Businesses in South East Cornwall say they're missing out on vital infrastructure investment, and upgrades to the A38 should be a priority for the Local Enterprise Partnership and Cornwall Council.
They're calling for a major upgrade of the A38 between the Tamar Bridge and Bodmin.
In a survey by the South East Cornwall Chamber of Commerce, businesses say they want to see the road dualled to improve the reliability, which can be a barrier to business growth.
Just last week long delays were caused when a crane tipped over at Trerulefoot, blocking the road.
Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate Phil Hutty supports the bid, and says "Jobs and prosperity in this area will only come when we have a decent road network.
"Why should people invest here when they cannot rely on how long their journeys take; the smallest of accidents or even breakdowns can cause chaos.
As we all experience, the Police regularly have to put in place a major diversion via Callington whenever there is a serious problem, costing us all time and money."
Now upgrades to the A30 and A303 have been secured, businesses are calling for the Local Enterprise Partnership and the combined chambers of commerce to make dualling the A38 their next priority.