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MP meets Minister over new road delay

February 11, 2013 3:08 PM
Sort out the delays and get on with building the missing link of the Northern Approach Road in Colchester!
That was the plea made this afternoon by Colchester MP Sir Bob Russell when he had a meeting with Local Government Minister Mr Mark Prisk MP to urge him to get the Government to intervene to enable the middle section of the Northern Approach Road - through the grounds of the former Severalls Hospital, from the junction off the A12 near the Community Stadium as far as Mill Road - to be built.
Sir Bob told the Minister that the land at Severalls had been zoned for residential development for many years but the failure to sell the site during the period of the last Labour Government, before the crash in land values, had meant that the middle section of the Northern Approach Road had not been built.
The section from North Station to Mill Road was built several years ago, as had the small section from Junction 28 from the A12 Northern By-Pass for about 200 yards near the Community Stadium. Sir Bob had campaigned for this junction, which enabled the Stadium to be built.
It is thought unlikely that the promised Park and Ride site will be provided until the missing section of the Northern Approach Road is built.
Sir Bob said afterwards: "It was a productive meeting. I am hopeful that as a result the Minister will be able to bring all interests together, including the North Essex Mental Health Trust which owns much of the land at Severalls, so that agreement can be reached on proceeding with this missing section of road without yet further long delays."