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Road Noise

Volume 450: debated on Friday 20 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will instruct the Highways Agency to implement the installation of whisper-quiet surfacing adjacent to residential areas on the A47 trunk road in Peterborough constituency; and if he will make a statement. (95370)

It has been the Highways Agency’s policy since 1999 to use low-noise surfacing materials for new roads and for existing trunk roads requiring maintenance, to restore their surfaces to a safe condition. At present, the A47 in Peterborough does not need resurfacing. Regular inspections will identify if there is a need for resurfacing for safety reasons. Any carriageway found to be in need of replacement will be added to the programme of maintenance works and would receive low noise resurfacing as a matter of course.

Ministers have agreed that the resurfacing of roads ahead of maintenance need, for noise alleviation, would no longer be allocated funding. This is the position up to and including financial year 2007-08.