I visited the recent exhibition given by the Highways Agency to consult on its proposals for a managed motorway on the M4 from London.
The plan includes converting the hard shoulder into an additional lane for traffic, widening bridges over the motorway, putting in new lay bys for vehicles in trouble, putting in speed and traffic sensors and a communications system to allow reduced speed limits where needed for safety or to improve running on a heavily congested road. The system will be similar to the M 25 western section and will run from Junction 3 to Junction 12.
I stressed to the Highways Agency that many of my constituents living close to the current motorway now experience an unacceptable level of motorway noise. This has grown much worse in recent years with higher volumes of traffic and more heavy traffic. I want to see the motorway resurfaced in these areas with noise reducing materials, as previously promised. I also want noise barriers installed near settlements, as at the moment we have only partial noise barriers installed, causing worse noise problems on the opposite side of the road to the barrier where the barrier is only on one side but the homes are on both.
I will follow up my oral representations in writing. I suggest all constituents who are concerned about the motorway noise should also independently write to the Highways Agency at
199 Wharfside Street
Birmingham B1 1RN
or email to M4J3to12SmartMotorways@highways.gsi.gov.uk