A38 Carkeel Roundabout

Project status:   Planned
Region:  South West

Start date:   January 2015
End date:  July 2015

Type:   Improvement Scheme
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Improvement Scheme

Part of our programme of improvements (generally with value <£10m)

Cost:  £3.270 million (approx)

Managed by:   Area 1
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Area 1

Area 1 consists of the A30 and the A38 trunk roads to the west of Junction 31 of the M5 near Exeter, incorporating 110 miles (177 kilometres) and 70 miles (112 kilometres) respectively.


What is happening?

We are carrying out works to improve the A38 Carkeel roundabout westbound approach and westbound exit to Carkeel roundabout and installing a pedestrian footbridge on the A38 eastern arm. These works are part of the national Pinch Point Programme. The Pinch Point Programme forms part of the UK Government's growth initiative, outlined during the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement in November 2011.

When and where is this happening?

Construction started in early 2015 and the scheme is estimated to last for 7 months.

The Carkeel junction is located on the A38 approximately 1km to the west of the Saltash Tunnel in Cornwall. It links the A38 trunk road with the A388 to Carkeel and the B3271 to Saltash and South Pill.

Why is this happening and what will it cost?

The Carkeel Junction suffers from severe congestion and subsequent delays in particular on the A38 westbound approach in peak periods.

The estimated cost is approximately £3.270 million

How will the scheme be carried out?

We are widening the westbound approach from two to three lanes and widening the westbound exit to allow for a two lane exit. We have installed a pedestrian footbridge on the A38 eastern arm.

What are the benefits?

The scheme improvements will result in improved flow through the junction and reduced conflicts between merging traffic streams. The proposals achieve wider benefits in supporting growth in the surrounding area, such as development at Carkeel and Saltash.


How do I find out more information ?

More information will be posted on this project page as it becomes available. You can subscribe to be alerted when updates are made.

If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing ha_​info@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk or calling 0300 123 5000.

Details of scheduled roadworks are provided to help you plan your journey. Please note that works are weather- and resource- dependent and may need to be cancelled at short notice. This information is not updated in real time so please check Traffic England for current traffic conditions. Diversion timings are approximate and act as a guide only.

Will there be roadworks?

Yes, roadworks will be needed to create the additional lanes on the westbound approach and westbound exit to Carkeel roundabout and to install the footbridge on the A38 arm. There is the potential for significant delays during the construction of the scheme and it is advised that you plan your journey to allow for extra time travelling through these works.

Further information will be published nearer to the time of construction.

How will you manage traffic?

Traffic will be managed by a series of lane closures with occassional overnight carriageway closures.

Will there be diversions?

Where necessary local established diversion routes will be employed during the overnight closures.

Detailed design startedMay 2013
Detailed design planned completionMarch 2014
Construction planned startJanuary 2015
Construction planned completionJuly 2015