Fareham MP joins the fight against motorway noise

Calls have been made to tackle the problem of noise from the M27
Calls have been made to tackle the problem of noise from the M27
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REDUCING motorway noise is a top priority to solving a growing problem, says Fareham MP Suella Fernandes.

The politician has given her support to a plan devised by Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt, which was revealed in The News last week.

Ms Mordaunt met with roads minister Andrew Jones and came up with a plan to ease congestion in Portsmouth, as well as to place pressure on Highways England to reduce noise from the M27.

She said that residents of Port Solent had been particularly affected by the motorway rumble and that, after working for a number of years on the issue, noise barriers should be introduced.

Miss Fernandes said she backed her fellow Tory MP and that she had been in touch with many residents in Fareham affected by M27 noise, such as those living in the village of Wallington.

Miss Fernandes said: ‘There is a real problem of noise in Fareham, particularly in Wallington.

‘I know residents who are really struggling to sleep, even with earplugs in.

‘The motorway noise is a real nuisance and there is a really strong case to get noise barriers put in.’

Reducing motorway noise was a priority for Miss Fernandes’ predecessor Mark Hoban.

Last September, the ex-Fareham MP wrote to Highways England and got them to agree to a resurfacing plan for the road running west of Funtley Road towards Fareham Park Road by the end of 2016.

They also agreed to resurface the road running between the eastern end of the Meadows and towards the west-facing slip-roads of junction 11.

A review of the M27, promised by Highways England last year, has been carried out as part of a four-year programme, although the results have not yet been made public.

Ms Mordaunt said that her and the transport minister would be pushing for these figures.

She said: ‘They have been very slow to come up with the results and the transport minister has agreed to give them a push.’

Miss Fernandes added: ‘I will help Penny in pushing Highways England and the department. It is vital that we know these findings.’

A spokesman from Highways England said the findings were being processed and that as part of its continual programme of works, all resurfacing is being done with a ‘lower-noise material’.