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So the solicitors have not retained the replies received or did they never raise the enquiries? You mention you recall sight of a response so I assume they must have raised them?
Yes your contract will almost certainly have a term in it that only replies given in correspondence between your solicitor and the sellers can be replied upon as representations by the seller so obtaining the sellers written replies is likely to be fundamental. However your solicitors should have retained these on their file. If they have lost them this could amount to negligence on their part for which you may have a claim if you can show that it was specifically requested as an instuction and even more so if you made it clear it was of central importance to your purchase of the house.
Notwithstanding the above if you can show that the sellers representation was either wilful or negligent, i.e. that they did or must have reasonably known about nuisances but failed to disclose them this can amount to a misrepresentation for which you may either be able to claim damages for loss of amenity (this would typically require a report from a surveyor as a guide to the impact on property value) or if you can show that the issue was central and fundamental to your purchase of the house you can seek recission of the contract whereby the contract is voided and all parties are put back in the position there were in prior to the transaction, but quite a high standard of proof is required to seek this remedy - you have to typically show that the issue was of essence - that you would not have bought the house had it been disclosed.
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If the neighbours were willing to give a statement to this effect this would be very strong evidence in your favour. Additionally if there was any form of local consultation following the MPs involvement this would also be very strong evidence against the sellers. In addition the nature and length of period of the noise in and of itself stands in its own right as it is difficult to claim that they were not aware of the issue for such a sustained period of time. Once or twice a year, perhaps if they claimed they were away for example but not half the year.
Locating their reply is going to be crucial and your initial step before you consider whether to move forward.
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