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Overall Aim 

Develop access to and the capacity of St Erth Station to operate as a major transport interchange to achieve the following strategic objectives:

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  • Reduce reliance on use of the private car and encourage a shift from private vehicles to more sustainable transport modes for both tourists and commuters.
  • Remove traffic on the main roads, especially the A30, and reduce delays.
  • Play a key role in ensuring the future prosperity of West Cornwall, by acting as a catalyst for economic growth, encouraging investment, aiding regeneration, and supporting both business expansion and tourism.
  • Assist in protecting the environment  (air quality through reduction in vehicular movements) in West Cornwall and contribute to the achievement of carbon reduction targets.
  • Improve the connectivity across different modes of transport for commuters, businesses, and visitors.
  • Improve capacity of the A30 junction (Station Approach).
  • Improve parking facilities for all rail users, improving the public transport experience and encouraging additional patronage for rail services, supporting the viability of rail provision in Cornwall.
  • Supports the development of improved mainline services (two trains per hour), complementing another key transport project seeking ERDF support (Mainline Signalling Investment Priority 7a) collectively increasing patronage for the mainline services (Paddington to Penzance).
  • Improve parking facilities and public transport access for commuters to St. Erth employment areas, supporting the viability of wider allocated areas for employment and attracting private sector investment.
  • Support on-going growth of for St. Ives branchline service through service timetable efficiencies and building a case for future additional rolling stock to accommodate future passengers and tackle overcrowding during the seasonal peaks.
  • Encourage the full development of a strategic employment site around a transport interchange that will be complementary to town strategies in West Cornwall (privately owned undeveloped brownfield land, subject to access creation).
  • Provide opportunities for bus operators to call directly into St Erth Station as opposed to stopping on the A30, improving the integration of public transport accessibility for those without private car transport.
  • Increase modal shift from car to non-car travel for business commuting and leisure purposes.
  • Facilitate through ticketing options that will cover parking, train travel and onward bus travel.
  • Improve safety for pedestrians and others in the area of the station and towards St Erth.