Stokenchurch - site clearance has been completed for the full length of the scheme and installation of the new noise fence is progressing well.
Daws Lea - site clearance is nearing completion and works installation of the noise fence is scheduled to start in March.
Booker - site clearance is complete and installation of the noise fence started in February.
Flackwell Heath - site clearance has started and should be completed by the end of February. Construction will start afterwards.
Lane End - works will start at Lane End in early March.
Woburn Moor - works are planned to start in the second week of March.
Loudwater - works to install the solid infill to the parapets will start in March.
Why we need this scheme
Traffic levels on the M40 are having a significant impact on the quality of life of the communities living along this route. On the 20mile (32km) section between Loudwater (junction 3) and Wheatley (junction 8) there are a number of sizeable communities and 21 identified Noise Important Areas.
We are committed to reducing environmental impact and improving the quality of life for local communities living within close proximity of our road network.
We recognise that we have a responsibility both to road users and to those affected by the operation of our network. We are working hard to reduce the negative impacts of our roads and wherever possible enhance the quality of the surrounding environment. Our current five year Roads Investment Programme sets out our commitment to reduce noise in at least 1,150 Noise Important Areas across our network by 2020.
The scheme in detail
We have been working closely with the M40 Chilterns Environmental Group, representing the local communities together with Wycombe and South Oxfordshire District Councils, to identify effective solutions to reduce noise and improve the quality of life for those living along this section of the route.
The scheme originally involved trialling innovative, energy-generating noise barriers mounted with solar panels. Although the outcomes of early assessment work concluded that these types of barriers would be currently unsuitable for this section of the M40, this work has proved valuable in development of robust assessment and evaluation criteria that can be taken forward when considering use of â€˜photovoltaicâ€™ noise barriers at other Noise Important Areas across the network.
We are now progressing the M40 scheme through our National Noise Programme, with the assessment and detailed design of more conventional noise barrier solutions.
With this scheme, we aim to reduce the impact of traffic and road noise levels from the M40 upon the quality of life for local communities along the route.
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