M25 Motorway Petition
James reports that the key things to do are to sign the petitions, spread the word and write to Highways England:
- Sign the drivers petition at https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/272924
- Sign the residents paper petition available at the The Station Hotel or the West Byfleet Medical Centre
- Tell your friends, family and neighbours.
- Write to Highways England with a copy to your MP, Jonathan Lord.
Contact James at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and if you can help.
For full details of the Press Release issued by Byfleet WBC Cllrs Boote and Boot, earlier in September, see below:
17th September 2019
M25 JUNCTIONS 10-11 Noise Reduction Petitions
Residents of Byfleet, West Byfleet and Pyrford have today launched petitions that they will formally present to Parliament.
The M25 Action Group, which was established by Councillor Amanda Boote, ward Councillor for Byfleet and West Byfleet and County Councillor for ‘The Byfleets’, was set up in response to many residents’ complaints about the unbearable and repetitive noise caused by this section of the M25. The other ward Councillors, Councillor John Bond and Councillor Mary Bridgeman, are also fully supporting this initiative.
The stretch of motorway from junctions 10 to 11 is the only section of the M25 in a residential area that still has the original concrete from its construction circa 1986 and this has now deteriorated so much that it is estimated that the loud noise affects approximately 48,000 residents, with the noise travelling up to 3kms either side of the motorway. Many residents who live with this noise find it hard to sleep and many complain of not being able to use their gardens. Drivers also find this part of the motorway difficult to drive on due to the breaks in the concrete, making it both noisy and dangerous – particularly for motorcyclists. Several schools are also adversely impacted by the repetitive noise.
The Action Group plans to lobby both the Secretary of State for Transport and Highways England. So far Highways England has refused to resurface the section concerned despite the planned work in 2020 to turn junctions 10 to 11 into a Smart motorway, which residents feel would have provided the ideal opportunity to carry out any resurfacing activity.
The Group are holding resident’s ‘drop-in’ sessions on Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th September at St. Mary’s Day Centre in Byfleet from 4pm to 8pm, where all affected are encouraged to come and sign the paper residents’ petition. The drivers’ petition is already available online: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/272924. Those affected can sign both petitions.