�11.2m for A12 junction upgrade

AN �11.2m scheme to improve a junction with the A12 in Colchester has been given the funding go-ahead by the Government, which is allocating the cash under its community infrastructure fund to help housing projects get off the ground.

Graham Dines

A �11.2m scheme to improve a junction with the A12 in Colchester has been given the funding go-ahead by the Government, which is allocating the cash under its community infrastructure fund to help housing projects get off the ground..

Eight schemes have been given the nod in the East of England, with central area transport improvements in Ipswich being allocated �3.45m

Housing minister Margaret Beckett said: “This funding will help to deliver new homes that the East of England desperately needs to meet long term demand from first time buyers and families on waiting lists.

“We know that good transport links are vital to successful communities and these projects will unlock the potential for new housing where it is needed. By investing today in tomorrow's infrastructure we are helping to ensure the foundations are in place to support economic recovery, while also creating and safeguarding jobs right now.”

Minister for the East of England, Barbara Follett said: “This is good news for the people of East of England. The funding announced today will help to improve vital transport links and support the resolution of the region's long term housing needs.”