A38 Noise & Nigel

Nigel has long campaigned on the problem of noise from the A38 which causes problems for many constituents, including those in Ripley, Coxbench, Swanwick and Alfreton.

Nigel initially welcomed Patrick McLoughlin MP, the then 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, in 2015, 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.

Since then, Nigel’s kept up the pressure for measures to tackle noise from the A38. This has included taking Highways England on a tour of the noise hotspots in Amber Valley, meeting some of the affected constituents, securing the repair of degraded noise barriers and making sure the low-noise tarmac resurfacing is on track (for between 2017 and 2021, as soon as the surface reaches the end of its serviceable life). He’ll keep pushing for more noise barriers and other measures to combat the problem.