Work to resurface a stretch of the M27 to make the road quieter is due to start next month after two years of delays.

The scheme aims to reduce noise using lower-noise asphalt and provide a smoother surface for drivers between junctions five and seven.

Residents in nearby areas of Hedge End and West End had long campaigned for the work saying the road is 'unbelievably noisy' and stops them from sleeping.

However, the project was further delayed due to a surge in costs from £50m to £82m.

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Letters have now been sent out informing residents preparatory works will start in a few weeks.

The letter from National Highways says: “The scheme will overlay the existing concrete surface with a lower-noise asphalt, which will reduce noise pollution for those residents living closest to the M27 and provide a smoother surface for drivers.

“We've increased the scope of the works to also include additional drainage repairs, which unfortunately delayed the planned start of the works.”

Preparatory work which will see temporary CCTV cameras installed is set to start on February 5.

After that, concrete repairs will be carried out and ground surveys completed before a contraflow traffic system is installed overnight.

The letter says residents will be contacted with confirmed dates of planned closures in advance.

It adds: “Our current programme shows that the majority of on-site work will be completed by Spring 2026, and during this period there will be continuous activity while we work as quickly and as safely as possible to complete the necessary requirements.

“We're also planning to hold Public Information Events in mid-February, and we'll write to you again, when the dates and locations are confirmed.”

Eastleigh MP Paul Holmes had been fighting for the works to take place since taking up his seat in 2019.

He previously told the Echo: “I’m delighted that following my successful campaign this project is going ahead.

“I’ve always believed we must secure this project to ease the noise and inconvenience of residents in Hedge End and West End."