Local MP Mrs Helen Whately has promised to press the Department of Transport to include a new quieter surface for the M20 as part of the £1.1 billion improvements in the road system announced in yesterday’s Autumn Statement by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond. Local residents have been pressing for the concrete road surface between Junctions 8 and 9 to be replaced with tarmac since the motorway opened in 1991.
Successive Governments have promised to take action on the matter but have failed to do so and Mrs Whately included a promise to pursue the matter in her General Election address in May 2015. The M20 was the last motorway to be built with a ribbed concrete topping which generates a lot of surface noise. Motorways since 1991 have been built with tarmac surfaces and the promise of action following the Autumn Statement was advised today to Hollingbourne Parish Council by Scott Pepe from Mrs Whately’s private office in Westminster.
No information is available about funding for the reduction of traffic gridlock around Maidstone which many believe could get worse because of new housing developments in the pipeline.
Pictured below (left) is the concrete surface of the M20 at Hollingbourne and (right) is Mrs Helen Whately MP.