December 7 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Highways chiefs have moved to reassure campaigners that the type of material to be used to repair the A14 on the Felixstowe peninsula will definitely cut traffic noise.
Villagers said they had been left in confusion after receiving conflicting information about whether or not the new surfacing will be sound-absorbent.
But the Highways Agency has now confirmed that the material will be “low-noise surfacing”.
Andy Dyer, of the Highways Agency, said: “This stretch of the A14 is close to the Port of Felixstowe and we know that the damaged road surface has increased the associated traffic noise in the two Trimley villages.
“This work will repair damaged sections of a two-mile stretch of carriageway and improve journeys while reducing traffic noise for nearby residents.” District councillor Graham Harding said there had been some confusion. One of the main aims of the work was to minimise the sound from the growing number of lorries going to and from the Port of Felixstowe and curb disturbance for people in the Trimley villages living alongside the dual carriageway.
He said: “We were told originally that the surface material would be sound-absorbent but there has been some doubts raised recently and I am trying to get the matter clarified.”
Trimley St Martin Parish Council chairman John Barker said he understood the scheme was supposed to be part of the noise reduction surface programme.
However, there had been conflicting statements and the parish council had been told it would not be low-noise tarmacadam.