Nigel has long campaigned on the problem of noise from the A38 which causes problems for many constituents, including those in Ripley, Rawson Green, Swanwick and Alfreton.
During the previous Parliament, Nigel welcomed Patrick McLoughlin MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, to Amber Valley, and showed him the noise problems from the A38 in many areas. As a result, the Secretary of State commented that a persuasive case had been regarding the noise problems, and agreed to look into the matter, and any available measures, further.
To build on this, just before the election and before Parliament dissolved, Nigel asked the Prime Minister what could be done to improve the current situation and combat some of the noise that causes so many problems for so many people in Amber Valley.
The Government confirmed that they are providing £75 million for noise mitigation on our national road network and that they are resurfacing 80% of that network with low noise surfacing. From this, the Prime Minister confirmed that he would look closely at what can be done to improve the situation with the A38 in particular.
To follow up on this, Nigel has been pressing the Department for Transport and the Highways Agency to proceed with these works in Amber Valley as soon as possible to mitigate the noise for local residents.
At the end of 2015, Nigel welcomed an update from Highways England that they have launched a bid for funding to resurface the A38 through Amber Valley, following this Government’s pledge to provide £75 million for low noise surfacing on our roads. These desperately needed improvements would have an expected delivery date of between 2017 and 2021 – as the road reaches the end of its serviceable life.
To support this project, Nigel has written to the Secretary of State for Transport to emphasise the urgency of low noise surfacing, and the great impact this scheme would have in Amber Valley. He will continue to push for the new surface to be installed as soon as possible.