The Conservative MP for Winchester and Chandlers Ford, Steve Brine MP, has announced that he has secured a commitment to bring forward the major resurfacing work on the M3 motorway.
The Minister of State for Transport wrote to Steve Brine MP in August to confirm that the Highways Agency will bring forward plans to resurface the M3. The work is now scheduled to be done during the period 2015-2017 and will encompass all three lanes of the M3 and the hard shoulder, from Junction 9 (Kings Worthy) to Junction 14 (M27).
And there is also news of resurfacing works planned for the M27.
In his letter, the Minister of State for Transport, the Rt Hon John Hayes MP explains;
“…resurfacing works on the M27 have now been brought forward, as maintenance is required sooner than originally envisaged. It is expected that these works will be carried out during the 2016-17 Financial year.”
“… the Highways Agency is planning to resurface the section of the M3 between junctions 9 and 12 during the 2015/16 and 2016/17 financial years. This will include the sections of the M3 in the vicinity of Shepherds Down School and Chandlers Ford.”
“The Agency will use a lower noise surfacing material for both the M27 and M3 maintenence schemes.”
Subsequent to that letter, Steve Brine has received further correspondence confirming that the work will be extended to junction 14, which is where the M3 joins the M27.
In his Press release, Steve Brine MP tells us that he has campaigned to bring forward the resurfacing work since his election in 2010 and adds that in 2013, he a took a group of local Councillors and representatives from Shepherds Down School in Compton, to meet the Minister at the Department for Transport in London.
Thanks to various reshuffles, Steve Brine has met no fewer than three Ministers of State for Transport in the past four years to lobby on behalf of the area.
In his Press Release, Steve Brine said;
“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 seriously impacting on peoples’ lives in large parts of my constituency, particularly parts of Chandler’s Ford. The situation is especially bad for the children at Shepherds Down School in Compton and I understand it was their lobbying which really helped us get the Ministers’ attention and ultimately this decision.”
“This work has been carefully agreed with the Highways Agency to build what is required maintenance of the carriageway into the urgent need to address noise pollution. It is absolutely fantastic news for thousands of my constituents and, while we should not be tricked into thinking road surface is the sole cause of motorway noise, the lower noise surfacing material will significantly dent the din.”