Cornwall’s first Multi Modal Hub at St Erth, which connects the main rail line through Cornwall with the A30, the St Ives rail park and ride and the bus network, has opened to the public.
Part of Cornwall’s One Public Transport system, the aim of the new hub is to reduce traffic congestion and delays on this key stretch of road by joining together rail, bus, walking and cycling facilities to encourage more people to travel by public transport.
With two new car parks with 516 parking spaces and charging points for electric vehicles at the station, the scheme, which has been developed by Cornwall Council, Network Rail, GWR and Highways England, provides a park and ride for both mainline trains and the branch line service to St Ives.
Bus operators will now be able to drive directly into the station to connect with train services, providing an important link to the increased rail services which started on 20 May and looking ahead to the new 30-minute train services which are due to come into operation in December.
The hub also includes new pedestrian crossings, with an improved footway between the station and the village of St Erth, together with improved cycle and pedestrian facilities and cycle storage.
There is also a bid in for funding from the Government’s Access for All programme for a future scheme to replace the current footbridge at St Erth with step free access between platforms and to the car parks.
Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for Transport Geoff Brown said: “The opening of the new hub is very good news for residents and visitors. We want to encourage local residents, visitors and commuters to use public transport to travel to work, and for health, education, shopping and leisure rather than using their cars.
“We are working hard through our One Public Transport Scheme for Cornwall to provide a joined up public transport system across rail, bus and ferry services to provide regular, convenient, reliable transport for residents and visitors. The development of the hub is a key element of this scheme.”
Chief executive of the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership Glenn Caplin said: “This is the latest project to benefit from a £36m package of investment secured by the LEP and its partners from the Government’s Local Growth Fund to improve public transport in Cornwall. Better connectivity boosts our economy and means less reliance on the car in the shift towards a low carbon economy.”
Funding for the project has been provided by Cornwall Council, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Growth Deal funding provided by Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.