St Erth Heliport Plans To Go On Display

Islanders and visitors who are on the mainland, will be able to see how an integrated road, rail and helicopter hub at St Erth will look, as plans go on display this month.

British International Helicopters intends moving their helicopter base from Penzance to a site within walking distance of the St Erth railway station. Tony Jones, their Chief Executive, believes that will make connecting transport links more user-friendly. At the moment 20% of helicopter passengers start or end their journey to Penzance by train.

The St Erth railway cafe will also be upgraded.

Traffic congestion is a significant problem in West Cornwall and passengers have missed departures to Scilly through unexpected delays caused by the 40% increase in summer road traffic volumes.

It’s hoped that a Park and Ride bus service, which will serve St Ives and Penzance from this site will also help reduce car journeys. 750 parking spaces and an improved A30 road junction is being proposed under the £10m Scheme.

The two separate projects are set to go before mainland planners in September.

You can see the plans at the St Erth Methodist Hall on the 18th and 19th of August.