Aug 2022 – Not so saintly. Cornwall.

Sad news from Cornwall where sections of the proposed Saints Trails keep being dropped in a kind of rail-trail ‘decanonisation’. Despite Cornwall Council being able to claw back £1m from National Highways for over-running, this still leaves £18m which has gone into an ever-shrinking project. The original plan was to open paths between Truro and St Agnes, Trispen and Idless, St Newlyn East and Carland Cross, and finally one from Perranporth to Newquay. The Trispen and Newlyn trails have fallen by the wayside, and now the Perranporth trail is being curtailed at Goonhavern, as the Council has been unable to obtain the land needed to reach Newquay. The Council says this is to comply with funding time limits – any unspent money becomes unavailable after March next year – and the project is well behind schedule. Others have pointed out that it is also way over budget, to the tune of £6m according to some estimates. The Truro path will link with the Langarth Garden Village development at Threemilestone, before crossing the A30 via a bridge at Chiverton Cross, where the junction will be revamped. (Cornwall Live)