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Noisy A180 to finally be silenced in £10m resurfacing scheme

The noisy commute along the concrete surface of the A180 is to become a thing of the past after ministers announced a £10m upgrade scheme for the road.

Noisy A180 to finally be silenced in £10m resurfacing scheme

Residents living close to the A-road have often complained about its “constant rumbling” while motorists have rallied against the “ear-splitting” noise experienced as they drive along it.

But that is about to change after Transport Minister Jesse Norman, in a letter to Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers, revealed that the concrete surface will be replaced by a much less noisy road surface over the next three years.

Urgent works will be carried out by Highways England possibly as early as this year, with the section into Grimsby finished by 2021.

The roughest parts of the road have been found to produce noise levels of 92 decibels – the equivalent of an alarm clock going off next to your head.

One motorist, Naj Modak, has even claimed that using the road frequently has caused him to develop tinnitus.

Mr Norman, responsible for local roads, wrote: “I am happy to confirm that Highways England has been developing proposals to repair and replace the concrete road.

“The concrete sections of the road will be replaced in three phases with work starting in 2018 or 2019.

“The concrete surfacing will be replaced by a long life bituminous material which typically reflects far less road noise than a concrete road surface.”

The most urgent works on the road – which links Grimsby to the M180 motorway – will be carried out in 2018/19 with the “more substantial schemes” to follow.

The section between Croxton and Barnetby is earmarked for resurfacing in 2019/20 and the Brocklesby to Great Coates eastbound stretch in 2020/21, according to the junior minister’s letter.

Tory MP Mr Vickers, who has campaigned to have the road improved for a number of years, said it would make a difference to the lives of those who live near the road, as well as motorists.

“This is a very positive decision from the minister and we obviously welcome it and I know residents in Stallingborough and other villages along the A180 will be delighted,” said the backbencher.

“I have spent time in people’s homes listening to the traffic and I know how annoying it can be. It produces a constant rumbling.”

Mr Vickers said campaigning had proved difficult not only due to the costs involved in upgrading the road but also because the concrete surface had “unfortunately” proved “very hard wearing”.

Melanie Onn, MP for Great Grimsby, said she welcomed the news of the A180’s “long overdue upgrade” which would “benefit all road users in and around Great Grimsby”.

The Labour MP said: “The noise the concrete surface causes makes the road unpleasant not just for drivers but all those who live near it, which is why I have campaigned for the improvements over my time in parliament.

“Whilst it’s a pity that the road upgrade won’t be fully completed until 2021, it is certainly a case of better late than never.”

Councillor Ray Oxby, leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said he thought the £10m investment would improve the travelling experience for “investors, tourists and local residents” alike.

He said: “I’m delighted to see this announcement. Our local MPs have been pushing for this development for a long time and it has been a long battle, which the council has supported.

“I absolutely welcome the news. This development enhances the local offer for investors, tourists and local residents.”

Safety work is currently ongoing on the dual carriageway.

Work started last month to replace sections of the steel central reservation barrier between Great Coates and Stallingborough with a concrete barrier. The work is due to finish at the end of the month.

News Courtesy: www.humberbusiness.com

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