A417 Missing Link Consultation
As you may already have heard, the consultation on the A417 Missing Link Air Ballon is now open and comments can be made until midnight 8th November 2019.
After the previous consultation in March 2018, Highways England said that the issues arising further down the A417/9 with noise on the concrete section would be dealt with as part of the overall Missing Link project which was great news.
Unfortunately, they now seem to have done a u-turn on that statement and have said that noise mitigation will be dealt with separately under the national scheme to treat concrete road surfaces. This is obviously a major blow as with predicted increased traffic of up to 50%, the unbearable noise we suffer from now will only get worse, and for this on the edge of the noise pollution, increased traffic could put you at risk of hearing the road. Therefore, it is more important than ever that a case is made to Highways England that the noise is unacceptable and must be dealt with.
I would urge you as a Parish Council to respond to the consultation and to also encourage individual residents to respond. It is vital that as many voices are heard as possible. If the thousands of people who have said they are affected by noise issues write in, then we can make a case that this should be dealt with when the Missing Link work is carried out. If you have any distribution networks in your parish, I would be grateful if you could pass this on.
The Noise Action Group has prepared some suggested wording as a response which I set out below. This is a guide line, so please feel free to use and edit as you will.
We support the improvements being proposed and endorse Option 30 but wish to reiterate this particular finding from your first consultation undertaken in early 2018: At that time many people raised with you the issue of noise pollution along other stretches of the A419/17.
In particular the concrete sections between Latton and Daglingworth where evidence exists that excessive noise pollution has been experienced by residents since the road was built.
You need to consider the 24 hour nature of the current and expected traffic along the A419/17 especially your projected increases in heavy goods vehicles and therefore how you will mitigate the noise pollution.
Representations and comments can be made online via the feedback questionnaire at:
Or post to: FREEPOST A417 MISSING LINK
We will be in touch again about further steps being taken to highlight this problem. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
A419 NAG member