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Road to rue in


Earlier this year you published an article demonstrating that it was preferable to replace an unsatisfactory concrete carriageway with a completely new road, surfaced with the latest quiet road surfacing materials. But is it?

Consider Long Bennington bypass on the A1. An approximately one mile length of dual concrete carriageway was replaced as described above for a cost of £4.8M because it was noisy.

The noise was due to grooving put into the surface of the road as part of a TRL experiment designed to fund safer road surface finishes.

However, if £800,000 had been spent on making the existing road quieter - which still had a useful life ahead of it - £4M would have been available for other much needed road improvements for which the Highways Agency keeps saying it has no money.

A Mumby, Wyke Lane, Farndon, Newark, Nottingham

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