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Motorway Surface Noise

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 11 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport by what criteria an area is assessed for its eligibility for motorway surface noise alleviation. (84162)

Resurfacing of strategic roads, including motorways, is carried out when maintenance of the existing surface is required on safety grounds or as a result of general wear and tear caused by traffic. When resurfacing is required, quieter surfacing materials are used as a matter of course.

Noise barriers have been installed on existing strategic roads where serious and pressing cases of high levels of traffic noise experienced by nearby residents have been identified and where there has been no early prospect of quieter surfacing materials being laid. These cases, which were listed on 11 November 1999, Official Report, columns 681-83W, were identified using criteria announced by the Minister on 22 March 1999, based on calculated noise levels and road opening dates.