RESIDENTS whose lives have been made a misery from the sound of busy motorway traffic will hopefully soon get some respite after work to reduce noise on the M5 between Bromsgrove and Droitwich finally got underway.
The laying of a low noise surface on the carriageway will benefit those living in areas such as Droitwich, Wychbold and Oddingley who have put up with the constant drone for decades.
The work is being done as part of a £140million Managed Motorway Scheme between Junction 4a and 6 of the M5.
It has been welcomed by MP Sir Peter Luff who has campaigned tirelessly to get something done and wrote to the Highways Agency to ensure the resurfacing would be included in the project. The Highways Agency’s chief executive Graham Dalton has now written back to the Spa MP to confirm it will happen.
He said: “This has been one of my longest running campaigns and I’m delighted it has succeeded at last.
“For far too long residents along the M5 have suffered dreadful noise pollution from the traffic.
“So when the Chancellor announced the plans for this stretch of road my first priority was to ensure that it would include resurfacing with a low noise surface.”
He added the noise levels were simply unacceptable and that he was disappointed the noise mitigation measures were not put in place when the Highways Agency carried out hard shoulder resurfacing back in 2010.
But, he said, he was delighted that, thanks to the Government’s investment, the work was finally going ahead.
“Of course, a low noise surface won’t end the noise but it will reduce it to much more tolerable levels.
“I have made a lot of noise about these noise problems in the past and it is great that we have finally been heard.”