MP supports calls for M25 resurfacing
Woking MP Jonathan Lord has backed a petition that is calling on Highways England to resurface a section of bumpy M25 surface.
An action group and subsequent petition have been set up by a number of concerned residents and councillors to address the motorway’s concrete surface between Junction 10 (A3/Wisley) and Junction 11 (Chertsey).
Those involved say that particular part of the orbital carriageway sits in close proximity to residential areas such as Byfleet, West Byfleet, Pyrford, New Haw and Addlestone.
The bumpy noise created by the concrete slabs and the joints that connect them is well known to anyone who has driven on the Surrey section of the motorway, but the residents group says that sound is now becoming too much for those living nearby.
An online petition asking for a full resurface of the M25 between the junctions was launched on the parliament petition website and has so far racked up just short of 900 signatures.
Pyrford resident James Snelgrove is part of the group and said that the noise from vehicles travelling along the carriageway can be heard from his home, more than two kilometres away.
The 43-year-old added: “It’s incredibly loud but that particular section, I’ve never seen anything like it. It must be the worst bit of motorway I have ever driven on.
“If the wind is coming from the east, it’s very loud. I live nearly two and a half kilometres away from the M25, even this morning (September 20) it woke me up. I have double glazing with the windows shut and it was really loud, it must be horrible for people living nearer.”
Mr Snelgrove claimed that the section between Junction 10 and Junction 11 is “the only part of the motorway that is concrete and is through a residential area”.
Highways England was contacted for comment, but has not yet responded.
Woking borough councillor for Byfleet and West Byfleet, Amanda Boote, is one of a number of councillors behind the petition and says the M25 surface is her “next big issue” that needs tackling in the area.
She said: “The number one complaint I have had, apart from flooding in Byfleet, is the noise from the M25. I have spent about six years trying to sort the flooding situation and I’ve started to think what’s the next big issue to tackle. It’s become very apparent that it’s noise from the M25.”
Cllr Boote, also a Surrey county councillor for the area, said that complaints have increased in recent months.
“I’ve had some residents contact me who are literally beside themselves because they are not sleeping night after night because of the noise and its getting them down,” she added.
Speaking to SurreyLive on Friday (September 20), Conservative MP Mr Lord said he was “very supportive” of the plan.
He said: “I am completely behind the residents and working very closely with them. I’ve ensured that the parliament petition is presented in the right way.
“I’m going to be very happy to present that petition to parliament in due course and I will be doing absolutely everything I can to support the residents in this cause.”
A separate paper petition has also been set up for residents to sign at two drop-in meetings being held today (September 23) and Tuesday (September 24) between 4pm and 8pm at St Mary’s Day Centre in Stream Close.
The online petition can be found here.