'Unbelievable' noise on A38 prompts Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills to call for action
A CAMPAIGN to reduce noise on the A38 through Amber Valley has been backed by residents.
MP Nigel Mills has collected more than 300 signatures on a petition following complaints from householders in the area about the noise.
His campaign comes after an assessment by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs revealed two sites in Alfreton and a site at Coxbench and Rawson Green were "priority" areas where noise impact needed to be assessed.
Now, Mr Mills is calling on the Highways Agency to put noise-reducing surfaces on the road and Amber Valley Borough Council to install noise barriers to help tackle the problem.
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He said: "Traffic is increasing and lorries are getting bigger. It is a real blight for some people in this area.
"There are places where the noise is unbelievable."
A Highways Agency spokesman said: "We have assessed the noise levels on the A38 by Coxbench Road and Horsley Lane and sent a copy of our report to Amber Valley Borough Council.
"This report identified that the A38 in this location should be resurfaced with low-noise surfacing.
"This will be done when the existing road surface reaches the end of its serviceable life, which could be between 2014 and 2020."
But Mr Mills said action needed to come quicker.
He said: "The Highways Agency has outlined its proposals for noise reduction, but this only includes noise-reducing road surfacing, and there hasn't been any money allocated, nor has there been a time scale given for the works past an indication that it will be completed when resurfacing is required.
"We are trying to push the issue up the agenda.
"It seems this is the only way we are going to get quick progress."
Linda and Chris Elkin, of Nottingham Road, Alfreton, have lived next to the A38 since September 1988.
Mrs Elkin, 55, said: "When we first moved here we thought the A38 was fantastic as it was easy to get to work.
"Overnight you would barely hear anything. But now the noise is so loud we have to put the TV to unacceptable levels."
But, despite the noise from the road, Mrs Elkin said she did not want to move from her home.
"I love where I live," she said. "The A38 is fantastic if I need to go anywhere but we need something to be done now about the noise."