Traffic noise reduction

9 01 2008

DEFRA (The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs) launched the London Noise Map Web Viewer in 2004. This map shows road traffic noise levels across London. Like a weather map, it shows hotspots (noisy areas) and cooler spots (quieter areas). The purpose of noise mapping is to map and monitor noise pollution, and then put into place noise reduction plans. The maps will be used to test the effectiveness of the noise reduction methods employed.

The cost? From 10p to £1 per person in the area being mapped. That translates to approximately a total cost of GBP £6 million to GBP £60 million for the UK.

I find £60 million is a shocking amount of money. Wouldn’t this be better spent on the NHS? Or on hearing aid services?

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