Local residents have welcomed news of action to tackle motorway noise on one of the busiest motorways in Hampshire, after a local MP successfully fought for low noise resurfacing.
Residents living near the M27 motorway have had to put up with 'horrific' noise levels for years.
Government noise maps shows that amongst the worst affected are areas of Eastleigh Borough, where the volume hits more than 75 decibels – equivalent of a loud radio or a very busy street.
The worst noise hotspots are centred around West End on the M27, and a stretch of the M3 that separates Chandler's Ford and Allbrook.
Now, after several interventions and pressing by local MP Mike Thornton over the past year, the Highways Agency have confirmed funding to resurface the M27 between Junction 5 and Junction 7 using noise reducing materials. The work, originally scheduled for 2018, has been brought forward and is now due in two years' time.
Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton, who pressed Ministers over the issue earlier this year, has welcomed the news, but has said the scheme doesn't go far enough.
Mr Thornton said, "One of my main priorities since becoming an MP has been to get action on motorway noise. It's a problem that blights thousands of my constituents who live near the M27 and M3, and is potentially very damaging to their long-term health.
"While I'm pleased that the Highways Agency have listened and committed to funding M27 resurfacing, more can be done.
"I'd like to see a much bigger stretch of the M27 resurfaced, and the latest noise mapping shows that areas either side of the M3 need similar solutions.
"The Highways Agency has now agreed to re-investigate further noise mitigation at key points along both motorways, and I'll be following this closely to ensure residents get the best deal possible."