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Cornwall’s major road upgrade aims to be otter-ly wildlife friendly - Highways England

Animal crossings, with otter ledges, will be incorporated in the construction of the new A30 route between Chiverton and Carland Cross
Animal crossings, with otter ledges, will be incorporated in the construction of the new A30 route between Chiverton and Carland Cross

The A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross improvement has been designed to protect the environment with 33 multi species crossing points

Highways England’s upgrade of the A30 in Cornwall is not just about improving safety, journey reliability and connectivity for local communities – it also goes for otters and other wildlife too.

The A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross improvement scheme will unlock one of the last major bottlenecks in the county by creating an 8.7-mile section of dual carriageway to help promote economic growth, improve journey times and increase safety.

The new route has also been designed to protect the environment and as part of that work, a total of 33 multi-species crossing points are being constructed to assist the habitats and journeys of animals such as otters, badgers, bats and reptiles.

Extensive ecological surveys identified otter, badger and bat habitats to the north and south of the new route and, as well as the construction of a ‘green’ bridge at Marazanvose, the crossing points include 11 underbridges, two overbridges, five drainage culverts and two dry tunnels – all allowing for the safe passage of animals.

Posted on: 20 May 2021

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