Levelling Up means creating opportunities for everyone across the UK. The Government calls it transformational (part of a £2.1 billion spend).
A £50 million grant will help create a new direct train service, linking four of Cornwall’s largest urban areas: Newquay, St Austell, Truro, and Falmouth/Penryn.
Mid Cornwall Metro (MCM) links north to south coast by providing an hourly direct train service on the existing railway line connecting four of Cornwall’s largest urban areas: Newquay, St Austell, Truro, and Falmouth/Penryn. ‘First and last mile’ measures will improve active travel and public transport interchange at/to stations on route.
The Government says it will support the cleaner, greener, fairer and more inclusive Cornwall that local people want.
Other initiatives include:
The £17.3million Appledore Clean Maritime Innovation Centre, which will establish northern Devon’s first university research centre, creating a global-leading innovation centre, in collaboration with the University of Exeter and the University of Plymouth, private sector, and working in partnership with neighbouring Harland & Wolff shipyard and North Devon UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
Meanwhile, The Prince of Wales pub in Newtown-in-St-Martin, near Helston, closed in November 2020. The financial impacts of the pandemic led to the shutdown of this pub in Cornwall. Now £240,000 from the Community Ownership Fund will support the purchase of the seventeenth-century inn.
The Council of the Isles of Scilly has also been provisionally allocated £48.4 million from the Levelling Up Fund to provide better sea link services on the islands.
You can check the Government’s interactive map here.
The government has also confirmed there will be a further round of the Levelling Up Fund, providing more opportunity to level up places across the UK.