After years of struggles and a Daily Echo campaign the Government is finally tackling noise nuisance from the M3

The Government has pledged to tackle noise nuisance on the M3, pictured

The Government has pledged to tackle noise nuisance on the M3, pictured

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

IT HAS taken more than a decade but finally thousands of people in Hampshire can look forward to an end of the noise nightmare that has plagued their lives.

After 13 years of campaigning, the Government has announced it will be taking action to reduce the noise pollution from the M3.

Local MP Steve Brine, pictured below, celebrated the news that junction 9 at Winnall to junction 14 at Eastleigh will be resurfaced between 2015 and 2017.

Daily Echo:

The MP was given the good news by roads minister John Hayes, who said that plans have been brought forward from 2020.

Joining in the celebrations was Shepherds Down Special School head teacher Jane Sansome.

She said: “I’m delighted. Road noise has such an impact on the school. We have a lot of autistic children and they can get upset by it. So this is great news.

“The road is right next to the school fence and it can get incredibly noisy.”

The Daily Echo ran a campaign Bin the Din as far back as 2001 to highlight the issue as so many people complained about the constant noise from the stretch of motorway.

Mr Brine said it was “fantastic news” for thousands of his constituents.

He has campaigned to bring forward the resurfacing work since his election in 2010 and last year took local councillors, as well as representatives from Shepherds Down, to meet the minister in London.

Mr Brine added: “We had been told the carriageway passing through Winchester and Chandler’s Ford was unlikely to be resurfaced until 2020 at the earliest but I couldn’t accept that, because noise from the motorway is impacting on peoples’ lives in large parts of my constituency.

“The situation is especially bad for the children at Shepherds Down School and I understand it was their lobbying which helped us get the ministers’ attention and ultimately this decision.

“This work has been agreed with the Highways Agency to build what is required maintenance of the carriageway into the urgent need to address noise pollution.

“It is fantastic news for thousands of my constituents and, while we should not be tricked into thinking road surface is the sole cause of noise, the lower noise surfacing material will dent the din.”

Some limited work has been done to reduce noise in the last decade but this resurfacing will cover three lanes and the hard shoulder.

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6:25am Wed 3 Sep 14

SotonNorth says...

The road surface is over 20 years old anyway, so it's not like it wasn't due.
The road surface is over 20 years old anyway, so it's not like it wasn't due. SotonNorth
  • Score: 12

7:09am Wed 3 Sep 14

richieroo says...

Ah well at least the roadworks won't cause any delays, because that stretch of the M3 is at a crawl every day already lmfao!. :-D
Ah well at least the roadworks won't cause any delays, because that stretch of the M3 is at a crawl every day already lmfao!. :-D richieroo
  • Score: 12

7:16am Wed 3 Sep 14

__KTF__ says...

SotonNorth wrote:
The road surface is over 20 years old anyway, so it's not like it wasn't due.
Its almost like they knew that but put some spin on it to make it seem otherwise ;)
[quote][p][bold]SotonNorth[/bold] wrote: The road surface is over 20 years old anyway, so it's not like it wasn't due.[/p][/quote]Its almost like they knew that but put some spin on it to make it seem otherwise ;) __KTF__
  • Score: 13

7:53am Wed 3 Sep 14

theoriginalwasp says...

That'll be a nightmare to get past for 2 solid years then...
That'll be a nightmare to get past for 2 solid years then... theoriginalwasp
  • Score: 5

8:48am Wed 3 Sep 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Is there an election coming up ??
Is there an election coming up ?? Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 6

9:14am Wed 3 Sep 14

Mr E says...

I live within earshot of the M3 junction 13.
I would rather see stringent noise legislation enforced against 2 stroke scooters.
I live within earshot of the M3 junction 13. I would rather see stringent noise legislation enforced against 2 stroke scooters. Mr E
  • Score: 12

9:52am Wed 3 Sep 14

camerajuan says...

Mr E wrote:
I live within earshot of the M3 junction 13.
I would rather see stringent noise legislation enforced against 2 stroke scooters.
**** right. Roads aren't the major issue - it's head case ped-tuners with the whiney technigas slip ons that think it sounds "bare mint" as I heard a hoody chant at his mates 50cc Pugshyte.
[quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: I live within earshot of the M3 junction 13. I would rather see stringent noise legislation enforced against 2 stroke scooters.[/p][/quote]**** right. Roads aren't the major issue - it's head case ped-tuners with the whiney technigas slip ons that think it sounds "bare mint" as I heard a hoody chant at his mates 50cc Pugshyte. camerajuan
  • Score: 10
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