Action plans to be drawn up to tackle noise

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New evidence has been provided to help road and rail operators decide on the best way to deal with the impact of noise in the 23 largest urban areas, and near to major roads and railways across the country.

Target areas have been identified through a series of noise maps, and the relevant authority will investigate these areas to see what further noise mitigation can be carried out.

Authorities can propose measures such as sound barriers alongside roads, better road surfaces, and lower speed limits for drivers. Insulation such as secondary glazing might also be installed in affected homes.

Also published today, the Noise Policy Statement for England (NPSE) sets out noise management policy for the first time in the form of the Government’s long term vision to manage noise and improve health and quality of life.

Environment Minister Jim Fitzpatrick said:

“Noise pollution can have a real impact on people’s lives and their health. We can’t just turn down the volume along major transport routes, which millions of people use every day, but we’re asking for local solutions to make sure the effects of noise are properly managed, in order to improve health and quality of life.”

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