asked the Secretary of State for Transport whether in view of the continuing traffic congestion and its projected increase at the A127 and A129 road junction at Rayleigh Weir, Essex, he will consider advancing the start of the proposed engineering works before 1988.
After the current public consultations the full statutory procedures will follow. Much detailed design work will also be necessary. This makes a start of work before 1988 difficult. I am however conscious of increasing traffic congestion at the junction, and if it proves possible to advance the programme of work, this will be done.