Noisy M20 surface ‘won’t be replaced’
Residents fear they may have to wait for another 20 years before action is taken to cut the noise of motorway traffic.
The M20 to the west of junction 9 has a concrete surface, which Sandyhurst Lane Residents Association chairman Tony Bartlett says makes theirs one of the noisiest places to live in the country.
But despite letters to Highways England, they have been told that because there are no problems with the concrete, it is unlikely to be changed.
Mr Bartlett said: “A map shows we are in one of the worst areas of the UK for high noise levels. It is the volume of traffic which has gone up dramatically. The number of lorries has gone up by 135% since 2000.
“There are more than 200 houses in Sandyhurst Lane, so 600 people live within 500 metres of the motorway and its constant noise.
“If the council’s Local Plan goes ahead, another 200 people could be added to that number.”
Tarmac surfaces have been laid by Highways England between junction 9 and 10, and along most of the motorway between junction 10 and 11.
Meanwhile repair works to the surface were carried out overnight for five nights last week.
A letter from Highways England suggests that resurfacing could take place in 2021, FEARS: Tony Bartlett subject to government funding.
On the association’s website, the response was: “We are well aware of the changeable nature of funding as Government policy varies, so we are not getting our hopes up.
“We have had s i mil a r promises in the past which have failed to come to fruition.”
Mr Bartlett added that the proposed scheme at junction 10a could provide some funds to help find a solution for people living in Sandyhurst Lane.
A Highways England letter to the association from Chris Carter states that the concrete surface is usually fit for 40 years, and was laid in the 1990s.
He said: “It’s Highways England policy roads are only resurfaced for maintenance and safety reasons, not just as a noise mitigation measure. The M20 between junction 8 and 9 is currently in good condition and does not need immediate resurfacing.”
What do you think? Write to Kentish Express, Unit 4, Park Mall shopping centre, Ashford TN24 8RY or email kentishexpress@thekmgroup. co.uk
Residents are campaigning for measures to reduce noise on the M20