‘Silence will be Sweet' Eastleigh MP Mims Davies says as M27 commitment is secured

Today Eastleigh MP Mims Davies has welcomed that Highways England has reaffirmed its commitment to overlay the concrete section of the M27 between junctions 5 and 7 with a tarmac surface.

The commitment builds upon measures to reduce the impact from motorway noise that will come in to play by installing additional noise barriers along the M27 as part of the Smart Motorway scheme.

Commenting, Eastleigh MP Mims Davies said:

“Having campaigned rigorously on this issue, including meeting with Highways England at the end of last month and with the Roads Minister Jesse Norman on Wednesday, I am, like my constituents, delighted to have secured this commitment.

“We all know how noisy this section of the M27 is, and these noise reduction measures have been in play for decades but never delivered. I am confident that these works will now be delivered, improving the lives of all of those living alongside this section of the motorway, and particularly those in Hedge End and West End.

“I also welcome that further to my lobbying, additional noise barriers will also be introduced as part of the Smart Motorway scheme, something that many constituents have been writing to me about.”

Highways England will now look at a number of options for delivering on this commitment, ensuring optimum technical solution, best value for the taxpayer and minimising the impact on road users and others impacted by our works.