Truro bridge plans in doubt as Town Deal fund is reduced by a third

The full raft of plans proposed to revitalize Cornwall’s capital city thanks to £23.6 million of Government funding could now be in jeopardy. The concerns come after the Truro Town Deal Board revealed the real value of the funding has been reduced by a third.

CornwallLive understands that elements of the Towns Fund proposals which could be affected are either the plans to create a lifting bridge connecting the Newham and Boscawen Park parts of the city or a pedestrian bridge linking Town Quay to Garras Wharf car park.

Other projects to make Truro a “connected river city” include better design and use of Lemon Quay, a community hub, green transport links, new life for buildings in the city center and a Boscawen Park sports and recreation hub.

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Alan Stanhope, chair of the Truro Town Deal Board, said: “The board and delivery team have been working with the increasing challenges of the impact of inflation to all elements of the Town Deal programme. With unprecedented cost increases in construction in recent years, we estimate the real value of the £23.6 million award has reduced by one third.

“The board exists to make decisions about which projects will continue to drive an economic and social benefit for Truro, and therefore some of our projects continue to evolve as we make best use of our resources. We are doing what we can to ensure this Government investment delivers for our residents, businesses and visitors.”

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