Work on a highly anticipated £3.5 million plan to cut traffic noise for many people living along a section of the M40 in Buckinghamshire has begun.
Highways England is installing new noise reducing barriers at eight locations along an 11.5 mile section of the motorway, which connects London to Birmingham, between Loudwater (near junction 3) and Stokenchurch (junction 5) in Buckinghamshire.
The work is expected to be completed this spring, with additional work to repair electronic cables and replace signage also taking place at the same time, to minimise disruption.
Highways England project manager David Owen said: “We’re delighted to be delivering these new barriers, which will help to cut traffic noise for many people living in these eight locations. Together with the resurfacing work that we have already completed, they should bring real improvements for communities along the M40.
“We expect the barriers to start going up imminently, as first we have to clear some vegetation and establish our site compound at Stokenchurch. We have been working closely with local groups and councils to develop this project, and I’d like to thank everybody involved for their contribution.”
The proposals have been developed by Highways England in partnership with the noise reduction barriers and South Oxfordshire District Council.
The noise reduction barriers will be installed at the following locations:
- Wheeler End/Lane End;
- Booker Cressex;
- Daws Lea;
- Flackwell Heath;
- Wooburn Moor (North) and;
- Wooburn Moor (South).
There will be hard shoulder closures while the work is being done, with some lane closures also needed overnight.
For further details and to keep up to date about the project, visit www.highways.gov.uk/m40-junction-3-to-8. If you have any further queries about the project, please email us at M40noise@highwaysengland.co.uk.