St Erth park and ride proposal criticised at meeting

A street in St Ives
Image caption The council hopes the scheme will open in late 2012

Plans for a 700-space park-and-ride scheme near Penzance have been criticised by residents at a public meeting.

Cornwall Council claim the development at St Erth railway station will help ease traffic congestion.

Plans also include an increase in bus services and improvements to the Grade 2 listed station.

Villagers at the meeting on Tuesday night said they were worried about the extra traffic in the area.

The council hopes the St Erth park-and-ride proposal will capitalise on people travelling to Penzance, Truro and St Ives.

St Erth parish councillor Doris Harry said: "Villagers are concerned about the park-and-ride because it's going to mean a lot of traffic in the village.

"The parish council and the villagers think that it's in the wrong place. They have parking for 500 cars in nearby Lelant station, and then they have got Carbis Bay which has got a huge car park.

"It's going to cost £10m and that money could be spread out and used differently."

Cornwall Council said the scheme would help clear jams on the A30 between St Erth and Penzance.

Peter Swain, major highway projects manager at the local authority, said: "We know that route is regularly congested.

"Part of the strategy is to get people out of their cars and on to the railway line between St Erth and Penzance.

"It is part of a wider strategy, a wider sustainable transport approach in west Cornwall."

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