M40 junction 3 to 8 noise barrier scheme

Region:  South East
Start date:  January 2018
Cost:  Â£5 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Improvement Scheme
End date:  Spring 2018
Programme:  

Progress report

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.

What's next?

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're 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're 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.

Aims

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.

The scheme in detail

We've 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 ‘photovoltaic’ noise barriers at other Noise Important Areas across the network.

We're now progressing the M40 scheme through our National Noise Programme, with the assessment and detailed design of more conventional noise barrier solutions.

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Planned roadworks

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Location : The A404 southbound between the M40 and the junction with the A4155 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 February 2019 to 2 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 21, 2019, 6:04 am
Location : The A404 southbound exit slip to the A4155 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 February 2019 to 23 February 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 February 2019 to 2 March 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: February 21, 2019, 6:04 am
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 February 2019 to 06:00 on 28 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 20, 2019, 8:12 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 February 2019 to 06:00 on 28 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 20, 2019, 8:12 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 19:00 on 21 February 2019 to 07:00 on 22 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 20, 2019, 8:22 am
Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 February 2019 to 06:00 on 27 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 8:13 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 26 February 2019 to 06:00 on 27 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 8:12 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 February 2019 to 06:00 on 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 19:00 and 07:00 from 22 February 2019 to 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The A404 northbound exit slip to the A4155 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 12 February 2019 to 06:00 on 13 February 2019. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 February 2019 to 06:00 on 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 25 February 2019 to 06:00 on 26 February 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: February 19, 2019, 10:08 am

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