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Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

16. To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when he expects work to start on a junction between the A12 and the Northern Approach Road at Colchester. (228340)

Delivery of the junction is tied to planning consent and is a matter for developers to take forward in line with plans for delivery of proposed housing, employment and leisure facilities in north Colchester.

Both English Partnerships and the Highways Agency are working in partnership to ensure an early start can be made, once developer funding is made available. Essex county council, along with other authorities have been allocated indicative funding for infrastructure provision through the Community Infrastructure Fund. Announcements on successful bids will be made next spring. Subject to the successful completion of the necessary statutory procedures, this could enable construction of the junction to be brought forward to the end of 2009 with completion by March 2011.