Resurfacing work will quieten 'noisy' M27 in Hampshire

Traffic on the M27

Traffic on the M27

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Senior Reporter

EXCESSIVE noise from passing cars could soon be a thing of the past thanks to resurfacing work on a section of the M27 in Hampshire.

The Highways Agency has confirmed it is to act and work should start in two years’ time on a stretch between junctions 5 and 7.

Workers will use specialist noise reducing materials.

The work, originally scheduled for 2017, has been brought forward.

The issue was taken up by Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton, who fought for the measure and welcomed the news.

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Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton.

He said Government noise maps showed that Eastleigh borough was among the worst affected areas where volume was hitting 75 decibels.

The worst noise hotspots, he said, are around West End on the M27, and a stretch of the M3 that separates Chandler’s Ford and Allbrook. A Highways Agency spokesman said the move was made possible through additional funds from Government.

He said: “As part of the Government’s commitment to investing in our infrastructure, we will be resurfacing 80 per cent of our motorways and major A roads by 2021.

“We will resurface the M27 between junctions 5 and 7 in two years’ time as a planned maintenance scheme.”

Mr Thornton said: “One of my main priorities since becoming an MP has been to get action on motorway noise.

“It’s a problem that blights thousands of my constituents who live near the M27 and M3, and is potentially very damaging to their health.”

Although pleased the Highways Agency were acting on concerns, he said more could yet be done.

Mr Thornton said he would like to see more of the M27 resurfaced and that areas of the M3 also needed work.

“The Highways Agency has now agreed to re-investigate further noise mitigation at key points along both motorways.”

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10:34am Sat 26 Jul 14

All said and done says...

I know it's probably an odd thing to say but the noise of the road in that section actually makes me slow down. Because I think my tyres sound like they are going to pop.
I know it's probably an odd thing to say but the noise of the road in that section actually makes me slow down. Because I think my tyres sound like they are going to pop. All said and done
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3:09pm Sat 26 Jul 14

steekeemcglue says...

that part of the motorway was build on partly marshy land fairly close to the river water table... thats why they used the concrete rafts method rather than the tarmac method. If they tarmac that road they are going to have to completely relay the supporting substances.... its gonna cost a lot more than they think. Of course the price of oil also helped them choose concrete but this ain't an easy stretch to surface.....
that part of the motorway was build on partly marshy land fairly close to the river water table... thats why they used the concrete rafts method rather than the tarmac method. If they tarmac that road they are going to have to completely relay the supporting substances.... its gonna cost a lot more than they think. Of course the price of oil also helped them choose concrete but this ain't an easy stretch to surface..... steekeemcglue
  • Score: -2

6:31pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Niel says...

Anything that gets rid of the current linear milled concrete, with the poor vehicle stability it causes, the specification for milling laid down in highways engineering is it should be at 90 degrees to traffic flow, but some prat decided to experiment on the M27, will be very welcome!
Anything that gets rid of the current linear milled concrete, with the poor vehicle stability it causes, the specification for milling laid down in highways engineering is it should be at 90 degrees to traffic flow, but some prat decided to experiment on the M27, will be very welcome! Niel
  • Score: 1

7:40pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Stubs says...

What about the noise of the planes and trains?
What about the noise of the planes and trains? Stubs
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11:16am Sun 27 Jul 14

Micle1974 says...

The motor was there before I moved close to it, but at night when trying to sleep it sounds like there's a helicopter hovering nearby.
I would welcome the idea to resurface this stretch.
The motor was there before I moved close to it, but at night when trying to sleep it sounds like there's a helicopter hovering nearby. I would welcome the idea to resurface this stretch. Micle1974
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3:20pm Sun 27 Jul 14

noodlesnewman says...

Micle1974 wrote:
The motor was there before I moved close to it, but at night when trying to sleep it sounds like there's a helicopter hovering nearby.
I would welcome the idea to resurface this stretch.
get the **** s in, give it wall to wall tarmac !
[quote][p][bold]Micle1974[/bold] wrote: The motor was there before I moved close to it, but at night when trying to sleep it sounds like there's a helicopter hovering nearby. I would welcome the idea to resurface this stretch.[/p][/quote]get the **** s in, give it wall to wall tarmac ! noodlesnewman
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11:20pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Poppy22 says...

Concerned that nothing is being done about noise on the J7 to J9 stretch. Noise is a huge issue in Bursledon due to much Bursledon housing being above the level of the motorway, so the noise carries from as far away as Hedge End in one direction and the River Hamble bridge and beyond in the other. There is also increased noise from the railway - presumably due to the cutting back of trees and hedgerows alongside the tracks? We understood that Mike Thornton was going to do something about the noise issue in Bursledon. We have had up to 80db readings on an amateur db recorder in the past couple of months in our garden (autumn,winter and spring are even noisier!), with 55-75db being the daily "norm" and it's now often too loud to sit in the garden. The motorway noise has been much worse over the last couple of years due to former large gardens being built on and people getting away with cutting down - or drastically reducing the size of - large trees in their gardens. Several large trees were also felled on just one former pub site. Add to that the fact that the Lib Dems are pushing through the building of approx 200 houses on the only remaining countryside gap between the A27 and M27 between the Windmill and River conservation areas at Bursledon (including allowing the chopping down of a couple of oak trees plus other large trees) and the noise will be even worse. The Lib Dems are totally ignoring residents' concerns about noise (as with every other concern or objection raised regarding thesse developments!). So a very disappointing effort from Mike Thornton regarding noise reduction from the M27! But at least his side of Eastleigh Borough will have reduced noise levels ....
Concerned that nothing is being done about noise on the J7 to J9 stretch. Noise is a huge issue in Bursledon due to much Bursledon housing being above the level of the motorway, so the noise carries from as far away as Hedge End in one direction and the River Hamble bridge and beyond in the other. There is also increased noise from the railway - presumably due to the cutting back of trees and hedgerows alongside the tracks? We understood that Mike Thornton was going to do something about the noise issue in Bursledon. We have had up to 80db readings on an amateur db recorder in the past couple of months in our garden (autumn,winter and spring are even noisier!), with 55-75db being the daily "norm" and it's now often too loud to sit in the garden. The motorway noise has been much worse over the last couple of years due to former large gardens being built on and people getting away with cutting down - or drastically reducing the size of - large trees in their gardens. Several large trees were also felled on just one former pub site. Add to that the fact that the Lib Dems are pushing through the building of approx 200 houses on the only remaining countryside gap between the A27 and M27 between the Windmill and River conservation areas at Bursledon (including allowing the chopping down of a couple of oak trees plus other large trees) and the noise will be even worse. The Lib Dems are totally ignoring residents' concerns about noise (as with every other concern or objection raised regarding thesse developments!). So a very disappointing effort from Mike Thornton regarding noise reduction from the M27! But at least his side of Eastleigh Borough will have reduced noise levels .... Poppy22
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