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26 July 2011, 10:23
Research is going to be done to note just how loud traffic noise is on a section of the A1M in Hertfordshire, near peoples' homes.
Transport Minister Mike Penning - who's also the MP for Hemel Hempstead - has given the go-ahead for the survey after finding he could barely talk to people stood next to him because of the noise during a visit to a housing area of Welwyn and Hatfield.
Welwyn Hatfield MP Grant Shapps said "I Invited Mike to Welwyn Hatfield to come and hear the noise from the A1M motorway for himself.
"It's true that over the years large sections of the motorway through our area have been resurfaced and this has helped to lessen the problem for many. However, for those residents living along a section of the A1M which hasn’t received this noise reducing treatment the racket is still 100% there and it can be very distressing."
The results of the survey will be fed into a long-running Highways investigation into priority areas for action on noise.