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Roads: Construction

Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport what recent assessment he has made of (a) the effect of whisper concrete on roads and (b) its future use. (280871)

The Highways Agency, an executive agency of the Department for Transport is currently carrying out research on the acoustic performance of quieter surfaces over time. A section of the trunk road network with whisper concrete is included as part of this research. The results of the research and the conclusions are expected to be finalised by early 2010. There is no plan at present for the reintroduction of whisper concrete on the trunk road network.