DROITWICH residents living near the M5 should have some respite from the motorway noise which has blighted their lives for years.
It comes after the Highways Agency confirmed to Mid Worcestershire MP Sir Peter Luff the timetable for fitting a low noise surface on the stretch of carriageway from Junction 4a (for the M42) to Junction 9 (Tewkesbury).
The work will be done to all four lanes between Junction 4a and 6 as part of the Smart Motorway project – that will begin in June this year and run to December 2016.
A low noise surface is currently being laid on the northbound stretch from Junction 8 (Strensham) to 7 (Worcester).
The rest of the resurfacing – from Junction 7 to 6 (northbound) and between Junctions 6 and 9 (Southbound) – will run from the middle of this month to early February and from early February to April respectively.
Following the announcement, Sir Peter has written to parish councils and councillors stating: “Residents from the north of Wychbold to the south of Whittington can now finally look forward to lower noise levels – what a relief.”
And speaking about the longest campaign he has fought during his 23 years as a Member of Parliament.
He said: “I have been campaigning for an end to the injustice for those who live near the M5 for years now and I am delighted that this work has been given the go ahead and a firm timetable has been set out for its completion.
“This won’t stop all the noise, but it should make it much more tolerable and end the nightmare for hundreds of people.
“This news will be a great late Christmas present for those communities who have suffered with noise pollution from this road for too long.”