I have received representations from constituents about this matter. I have therefore written today to Graham Dalton, Chief Executive of the Highways Agency to highlight the concerns raised:
Mr Graham Dalton
Dorking RH4 1SZ
26 November 2014
Dear Mr Dalton
I am writing with regard to the ongoing public consultation on the proposed M4 Junctions 3 to 12 Smart Motorway scheme.
I enclose copies of correspondence I have received from two of my constituents.
They are unhappy that officials at the Highways Agency have confirmed at consultation events that there are no plans for sound barriers to be erected along the corridor in order to reduce excessive noise from the motorway. Many of my constituents are significantly affected by this.
As the Highway Agency already proposes to erect a rigid safety barrier throughout the length of the proposed scheme, it is difficult to see why the outer barriers could not be enlarged to include sound proofing materials.
I would therefore be grateful if you could look again at this matter.
The Rt Hon John Redwood MP
Member of Parliament for Wokingham