The next stage in creating a major transport 'hub' for west Cornwall will see traffic lights added to a section of the A30 while work is carried out.

The "St Erth Multi Modal Hub" should ultimately create more car parking and improvements to roads around St Erth Railway Station, to encourage drivers to switch to public transport for at least part of their journey.

Buses will be able to call directly into the station to connect with train services and an associated project means that new signals should be in place this year, so that mainline train services can run every 30 minutes.

The station provides both mainline (Penzance to Paddington) and branchline (St Erth to St Ives) train services.

The next step will see 24-hour traffic lights temporarily added to the A30 at St Erth from tomorrow, February 13, until

next Wednesday, February 20.

This will allow for the existing and new road levels to be brought together at the junction to the new hub.

The lights will then be in place until late on Friday, before being removed over the weekend and reinstated on Monday morning when work resumes.

Crews will be working through the night, as well as during the day, to complete the project as quickly as possible and limit disruption.

Priority will be given to the A30 traffic but both lanes will need to be stopped periodically to allow any queuing traffic on Treloweth Lane to drive out of Station Approach.

While the new slip lane into Station Approach will be closed during the works, westbound traffic on the A30 can turn left into Station Approach when lights permit. Eastbound traffic will have to go via the St Erth Roundabout and approach from the westbound direction.

All but high-sided vehicles leaving the station will be diverted towards St Erth village where there will be a temporary “no right turn” restriction sign. This junction will be manned during daylight hours to further enforce this restriction.

Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, said: “This is an important milestone for this vital project which is on schedule to be completed by May 2019 to coincide with the introduction of increased train services. They are an important part of the One Public Transport Scheme to make significant joined up improvements to public transport to benefit residents and visitors.

“The St Erth Multi Modal Hub scheme will deliver significant improvements to both the junction and the parking facilities at the station. We recognise, however, that this is a busy stretch of road and we’ll be doing all we can to keep disruption to local residents, visitors and businesses to a minimum during this period.

Funding for the project has been provided by Cornwall Council, the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and Growth Deal funding provided by Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.