Work to make M27 quieter given go-ahead by Highways England
Work to make a major Hampshire road ‘quieter’ has been given the go-ahead by roads bosses.
The decision to resurface the section of the M27 near Eastleigh comes after years of complaints from concerned residents.
Now, town MP Paul Holmes says he has received confirmation from Highways England that teams will be resurfacing the concrete section of the motorway between J5-7 with ‘low noise asphalt’.
Survey work and on-site testing is said to be currently underway.
A start date will be announced early next year.
Local leaders say that, for years, residents have been complaining about the noise near their homes in West End and Hedge End, caused by the concrete surface on the motorway and questions have been asked recently about if the work would take place.
Paul Holmes said: “Resurfacing the concrete section of the M27 between J5-J7 has been a top priority for me since being elected.
“I know this is a key concern of residents and that is why I have been working with Highways England to make this happen.
“I’m pleased that Highways England have confirmed that the resurfacing scheme is progressing with surveys and that the scheme start date will be announced early next year.
“This was a promise I made, and it is now a promise kept.”
The MP is said to have held a series of meetings with Highways England over the summer to ensure that plans for the resurfacing scheme are progressing.
Leader of Eastleigh Borough Council and Lib Dem Councillor, Keith House, said: “About time too, this work was fully funded four years ago, so we will believe it when it happens, but it feels like it could be progress.”
This comes after a report, looking at the status of negotiations on managing noise pollution, safety and impacts on biodiversity and transport, was considered by Eastleigh Borough Council’s Policy & Performance Scrutiny Panel in a meeting on Monday.