MP wins promise of M3 resurfacing

Steve Brine MP with M3 noise campaigners

Steve Brine MP with M3 noise campaigners

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.”

  14 comments for “MP wins promise of M3 resurfacing

  1. Wiz
    September 2, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    Ahh that will be a blow for Mike Thornton who was hoping to take credit for that!!

    • September 2, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      Lol. Yes, The Borough of Eastleigh technically has two MPs, though Mike Thornton currently represents the largest part of the Borough.

      It is all down to the way the boundaries of the Parliamentary Constituencies have been drawn & re-drawn over the years, to the advantage of one Government or the other..

      Steve Brine helpfully included the letter from the Minister in his Press Release, which shows that he has indeed been actively campaigning to to get this resurfacing work brought forward.

      • Keith House
        September 2, 2014 at 5:21 pm

        Mike Thornton issued a press statement on this weeks ago. Both MPs made representations as Eastleigh MPs have for a number of years going back to David Chidgey. So everyone is a winner (other than Labour as it was their last government that failed to act on this).

        • September 2, 2014 at 5:56 pm

          Here’s a link to Mike Thornton’s news about the M27, which was indeed published back in July.

          There’s no news of similar resurfacing on the M3 though, just that it was needed.

          I think you’re right here Keith. All of the local MP’s have been working on this over the years.

          I wonder if this work will be cancelled if Labour are re-elected in 2015…?

          • Andrew Helps
            September 2, 2014 at 8:25 pm

            I am glad that we are getting some action on road surfaces in the area. Our motorways are the backbone of the south coast. One major issue throughout the entire country is issues with road surface quality.

          • Anne Romaine
            September 2, 2014 at 10:48 pm

            Hope you’re not giving Keith ideas for Focus leaflet headlines Ray!

            • September 2, 2014 at 11:07 pm

              Lol. I don’t think I need to, Anne. Thanks for the comment.

  2. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    September 3, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Why on earth would Labour cancel this Ray? It would enable them to also take their share of the credit.
    As Keith said – Everyone’s a winner!

    • September 3, 2014 at 10:55 am

      We often see old pet projects cancelled when a new Government takes office, to release money for a new crop of pet projects. Off the top of my head, I remember that HIPS and the national-id card scheme bit the dust within a few days of the coalition taking charge in 2010.

      • mm
        Eastleigh Xpress
        September 3, 2014 at 11:30 am

        • September 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm

          Lol. They’re all jumping on the badwagon I see.

          The truth is, it doesn’t matter who you vote for on issues like Motorway noise, because MPs are in the hands of the Gods at the Highways Agency.

          And as soon as there’s a bit of good news, they’ll all try to claim credit for it…

          • Vicki
            September 3, 2014 at 2:33 pm

            Who are those women?

            • mm
              Eastleigh Xpress
              September 3, 2014 at 4:48 pm

              Grateful constituents I have been told

  3. C Gardener
    September 3, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Chris Huhne, jailed Lib Dem Eastleigh MP, was going to push for ‘quiet surfaces’.. However, he found the present road gave excellent grip for speeding purposes so decided not to bother.

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