PLANS to improve a busy Hayle roundabout have been criticised by town councillors who say the £200,000 project will do nothing to ease delays.
Loggans Moor Roundabout on the A30 suffers from congestion during peak traffic times, which worsens significantly in the busy summer season.
The Highways Agency has proposed works costing £200,000 which include widening the northbound arm and providing two lanes on the approach, with additional road markings on the roundabout and the creation of a two-lane exit northbound.
However, they also include resurfacing a section of the road with coloured screeding called Textureflex to accommodate cyclists, effectively reducing traffic to single file in certain places.
Several Hayle town councillors have compared the planned changes to similar 'improvements' at Chiverton Cross and say they fear it could increase rather than reduce problems.
Brian Capper said most councillors were struggling to see how the plans would make a difference.
"We're not convinced it would be beneficial," he said.
"It would appear that the improvement would actually reduce the roundabout to one lane.
"Widening the road is helpful, but at certain points it would go into a single lane; what's the point of going from two to one? We fail to see how that would increase flow-through."
Mr Capper said the junction had been operating at more than its proper capacity for a number of years and something had to be done, but it required major improvements, not just "tinkering" with the current junction.
"It took them quite a long time to come up with the scheme and get the funding for it," he said. "In the meantime we've got two planning applications for development.
"Either one or both will [require] major works [to the junction] to get it to cope with the new development, plus there's an existing agreement with ING to make changes. Why not wait and get it done properly once, rather than having disruption in the area twice?"
Construction is due to start in spring and is expected to last two months.
A spokesman for the Highways Agency, which is responsible for trunk roads such as the A30, said: "We have an outline plan of what needs to happen but as for physically how this is undertaken, the details are still being fine-tuned."
She said the plans would increase traffic capacity.