M40 junction 3 to 8 noise barrier schemeRecently updated

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 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 ‘photovoltaic’ 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.

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.

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Planned roadworks

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Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J4 and J5 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:30 on 31 May 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 3:07 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 May 2018 to 06:00 on 30 May 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J2 and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 30 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M40 northbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:00 from 29 May 2018 to 30 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J2 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 May 2018 to 06:00 on 30 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J4 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 31 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J2 and J4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 are closed. Reason : Barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 22:00 on 15 June 2018. Lanes Closed : There are three of four lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 31 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M40 northbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 29 May 2018 to 06:00 on 30 May 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J4 and J3 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:30 on 31 May 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M40 northbound between junctions J3 and J4 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Road repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 23:59 on 30 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M40 southbound entry slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 10:00 on 29 May 2018 to 11:00 on 29 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M40 southbound between junctions J5 and J4 . Reason : Horticultural works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 18:00 on 29 May 2018 to 23:59 on 2 June 2018.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm
Location : The M40 northbound exit slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 10:00 on 29 May 2018 to 11:00 on 29 May 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: May 25, 2018, 12:30 pm

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