£10m park-and-ride plans unveiled in St Erth

Image caption It is hoped the scheme will open in late 2012.

Long-awaited plans for a £10m park-and-ride scheme have been unveiled in west Cornwall.

Cornwall Council claim the development of a "major transport interchange" at St Erth railway station will help ease traffic congestion in nearby towns.

Plans include up to 700 car parking spaces, increased bus services and improvements to the Grade 2 listed station.

Matt Sidney from Cornwall Council hoped the scheme will open in late 2012.

Based at St Erth Railway station, the park-and-ride plans hope to capitalise on people travelling to Penzance, Truro and St Ives.

Mr Sidney, transport manager for Cornwall Council, said: "The idea is that it provides an opportunity for people to travel more sustainably within the area, so people visiting will be able to access the interchange and be able to travel either by bus or by rail."

Money from the scheme will come from central government, Department for Transport Access for All, convergence funding and a small amount from the Historic Railway Society.

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