Cornish tourism chief says A30 should be renamed ‘Devon Bypass’

Cornish tourism chief says A30 should be renamed ‘Devon Bypass’

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The head of tourism in Cornwall has claimed that the A30 should be renamed the ‘Devon Bypass’ as drivers won’t need to stop in Devon anymore.

Malcolm Bell, chief executive of Visit Cornwall, the organisation charged with promoting the county to national and international visitors, believes that when the final stretch of road work is completed near Bodmin, the road will offer a smooth drive from Glasgow to Cornwall without the need to stop in Devon, reports Cornwall Live.

“It will be the easiest drive in the country,” Mr Bell said. “Turn onto the M5 and it’s all the way down to Cornwall without the need to stop in Devon.

“I think the A30 from Exeter to Bodmin should be renamed the Devon Bypass, because that’s exactly what it will do.”

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Currently the A30 at Bodmin is like this. Picture courtesy of

The A30 has been plagued by roadworks at Bodmin for years, but CORMAC has promised that it will be completed by July 14 in time for the summer school holidays.

Mr Bell said that when the road opens as a dual carriageway, the Carland Cross roundabout near Truro will be the first roundabout holidaymakers will encounter from Scotland to Cornwall.

He added: “We know that this bottleneck has been a niggle people for sometimes and many holidaymakers have been put off coming down to Cornwall because of it.

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“But while Devon has a very good competitive product to offer, when the roadwork is completed, there will be no more niggle and no more reason not to come to Cornwall.”

“All the more reason to rename the A30 from Exeter to Bodmin the Devon Bypass.”

Mr Bell believes that will clear driving all the way through Devon into Cornwall, offered by the dualling of A30, it will be good not just for Newquay Airport, but for Exeter Airport too.

He said: “Tourists landing at Exeter will be able to get down to Cornwall in no time. No need to stop en route.”