Newquay to Falmouth
Andrew & Diane Jones
When you mix politicians with railways you know things are not going to end well.
Apparently a bid is being made under the ‘Governments levelling up fund’ (LUF) to provide a coast to coast route, which is erroneously being labelled a new direct route.
A number of local MP’s have signed up to this, but it becomes clear that a part from some suggested
passing loops this whole proposal is in my opinion just a paper exercise.
I wonder if there has been any investigation in to who would use a through route from Newquay to Falmouth as this is already available using some well placed connections.
I have attached google earth photographs of the missing link at Parkendillick and the proximity of the A30 to St Dennis Junction.
Surely opening up the freight branch, would genuineingly provide a more direct route and serve the communities of St Dennis and Nanpean and Foxhole, which are all deprived areas. Obviously a short section of railway would need to be reinstated and some upgrading of existing track, but with freight usage at an all time low this could easily be achieved.
The other proposal would be to provide Park and Ride from St Dennis Junction to Newquay which would alleviate congestion in Newquay and the adjoining roads.
There is a huge tract of wasteland available for parking and the infrastructure costs would be minimal.
Hopefully this unfortunate national strike doesn’t kill off our remaining clay traffic to Fowey, which has been on a knife edge for years. The frustration at seeing our once environmentally integrated rail system slowly withering is hard to swallow, so at the risk of sounding like my granny, its time for the railways and government to take a hard look at what its trying to achieve!
Very best wishes Andrew