PLANS are being put in place to make a dangerous crossroads in Newquay safer.

Cornwall Council will be installing several measures at the Trenceek crossroads on June 2 and 3 following several traffic accidents and concerns raised by residents over a number of years.

Motorists travelling from the Lane Theatre direction will only be permitted to turn left and traffic coming out of Trencreek will have to turn left once the improvement scheme has been completed.

Plans for the crossroads ( )

Cornwall Council plan to apply to the Secretary of State for Transport to close vehicle access across the level crossing at Trencreek and at Chapel as soon as the Newquay Strategic Route opens, which is scheduled to be early 2025.

Cornwall Council, in correspondence with Colan Cornwall councillor John Fitter, said: “There has been considerable movement on the project and we are now looking to commission construction and set the date.

“Cormac produced initial designs in February and put these through a checking process and a Road Safety Audit. 

“Following review, they produced three updated designs, one relatively light touch and two of a more permanent nature. 

“Given that we want the scheme delivered asap and that we don’t know if the situation at the junction may change with the opening of the Newquay Strategic Route, likely early 2025, and the closure of the Trencreek level crossing in March/April 2025, the light touch approach may be the best way forward. 

 “The design solution uses hatching and bolt down lane separators provided with reflective bollards to segregate the traffic lanes. At either end of the lane separators there is a bolt down island with a lit ‘keep left’ bollard. 

“Cycle provision allows right turns to be made by utilising waiting areas and gaps in the bolt down bollards. The vehicle tracking for articulated HGVs making left hand turns is shown in the drawing. 

“The advantage of this design is that it has a low impact approach and will require the least construction works with reduced Traffic Management and therefore cost.

“It would also be easier to remove if circumstances changed at the junction.”

Cllr Fitter said: “I am delighted with this new arrangements and acted after receiving various requests from residents who were very concerned about increasing risks of accidents from vehicles users attempting to exit from the lane junction and turn right across the line of traffic.

“The danger has been getting worse over the years with the number of collisions that do not require hospital treatment, but the fear is there as road gets busier it will increase possibility of a more severe accident. 

“People who I spoke to about the safety plans believe they are a good idea.”