Response to Clerks Correspondence about M6 Smart Motorway.

Below is the response to a letter sent to Chris Grayling MP…

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M6 Smart motorway

Thank you for your letter of the 11th August to the Secretary of State for Transport regarding your concern about the noise mitigation for the Smart Motorway scheme on the M6 between junctions 16 and 19. As you will appreciate, Ministers receive large volumes of correspondence from members of the public and are unable to answer each personally. Therefore, I have been asked to reply.

During the development of the scheme, Highways England undertook extensive environmental assessment work to determine the impact the scheme and the required provision of environmental mitigation in the Cranage area.

The assessment concluded that there are sufficient measures to mitigate any environmental impact and noise levels from the scheme. Highways England have reviewed all findings with due diligence and confirmed that they stand by this decision

Although I recognise that you will be disappointed by this, I am assured that Highways England have followed the regulations and guidance governing this kind of scheme.

Yours sincerely

Stephen Shuster