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Cutting off Cornwall? Businesses angered by roadworks

Works on the Tamar Bridge will continue for several weekends. Credit: ITV News

Businesses in Cornwall feel there's a deliberate bid to cut them off from the rest of Britain.

Just as the summer tourist season gets in full swing, the two main routes into the county have major roadworks, causing serious congestion. It means the bottleneck on the single carriageway section of the A30 at Temple will be worse than ever - with huge tailbacks expected while repairs are carried out on the Tamar Bridge.

John Andrews has been finding out more.

Cornwall Council and Highways England say they regret the disruption.

The work we are doing on the A30 at Temple, and on the A38 around Carkeel and at the Tamar Bridge will ultimately mean better and more reliable journeys into and out of Cornwall.

We appreciate roadworks do inconvenience drivers, and we regret any disruption caused, so we always try to stagger work on key routes, but there are occasions when the nature of the work requires better weather conditions and longer daylight hours. This is the case with these schemes which are collectively part of a significant investment on these roads used by over 70,000 vehicles a day.

– Cornwall Council and Highways England

Tamar Bridge works anger West Country businesses

One lane on the Tamar bridge will remain open in both directions during the work. Credit: ITV News

Business leaders in Devon and Cornwall are furious at a 'double whammy' of roadworks they say will seriously damage trade

The main road on the Tamar Bridge will be closed from 8pm Friday until 6am on Monday for the next two or three weekends. A side road will remain open in both directions but it will still cause delays.

To add to the problem, the A38 Carkeel roadworks will still be going on at the same time.

Bridge bosses say the work is vital, but local business people say it's terrible timing.

The timing of the roadworks has been criticised. Credit: ITV News

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Possible toll increases for Tamar Bridge

Possible toll increases for Tamar Bridge Credit: ITV News West Country

The Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry tolls could be hiked by "any amount" without getting the go-ahead from the Government, under plans being considered.

Tolls at the crossings were last increased in March 2010, with the Tamar Tag - which offers half-price crossings - being introduced in 2007. The current toll is £1.50 for cars, or 75p for Tamar Tag users.

Plymouth City Council and Cornwall Council jointly run both the bridge and Torpoint Ferry that separate Devon and Cornwall and last month announced the discounted pre-paid electronic payment scheme to use both would increase by 80p a month.

Public consultation on Tamar Bridge price rises

Public consultation on Tamar Bridge price rises Credit: ITV News West Country

New plans could see drivers who buy a Tamar Tag to use the crossing from Cornwall to Devon could face an 80 pence a month increase.

The committee that runs the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry say it's facing a shortfall of up to a million pounds a year. It's now looking at increasing the charge for the electronic tag. A public consultation has started this weekend and will run until 7th November.

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Tamar Bridge to close for Olympic Torch bearer

The torch was originally due to pass along the northern cantilever lane on the edge of the bridge. Credit: ITV Westcountry

The Tamar Bridge will be closed to allow an Olympic torchbearer to run across it to end the flame's journey through Cornwall.

The organisers have agreed to plans to carry the flame across the centre of the bridge on 19th May.