Martin Vickers to meet with transport minister over long-running A180 noise saga

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 5 Jul 2017

Martin Vickers has arranged talks with a government transport minister over the long-running saga surrounding the 'unbearable' noise on the A180.

The Immingham and Cleethorpes MP spoke with John Hayes MP when the minister officially opened the Port of Immingham improvement scheme last week and Mr Vickers said a meeting had been arranged.

Mr Vickers, who has long supported residents' fight to improve the road surface of the A180, said he had a meeting "specifically about that in the next week or so," though he did suggest any changes could be a long way off because the road is regarded as being structurally sound.

It comes after motorist Naj Modak said he could have developed the hearing problem tinnitus during drives along the notoriously noisy A180.

For years, both motorists and residents in the surrounding area have complained about the noise generated by the volume of traffic on the A180.

The Grimsby Telegraph recently took part in an experiment and drove from their office on Fisherman's Wharf to Scunthorpe and back again, armed with a sound monitoring device which tells the decibel level inside the car at any point during the journey.

The A180 near Grimsby

Shocking results showed levels of 92 decibels on the roughest parts of the road - which is an equivalent noise of an alarm clock going off next to your head - and almost as loud as a passenger jet flying 1,000ft over your head.

Mr Hayes said: "It's something I am aware of and we are setting up a meeting.

"We try and listen to the response by local communities through our Member of Parliament and we are always interested to hear about these things to see what can be done.

"The Secretary of State is always keen to look at how we can improve. We want to be as effective as we can be and road services are a part of that."

HGVs pictured travelling along the A180

As most drivers on the A180 will know, the road can fluctuate between smooth portions of the road and rough ones, where the smooth portions are much quieter than the rough parts.

This was reflected in the findings as the decibel level would drop to around 75 decibels on the smoother sections and rose to 92 decibels on the roughest parts of the road.

The average decibel level while traveling along the A180 was 83 decibels, which rose to about 87 decibels whenever the window of the car was put down, and passengers in the back seat struggled to hear conversations in the front of the car for most of the journey.

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