DEFRA identifies hundreds of new noise hotspots

The third round of noise mapping for England has identified hundreds of new noise hotspots, affecting more people than previously thought.

Released yesterday, the revised noise action plan for 65 major urban areas indicates that around 130,000 people are exposed to road traffic noise above certain thresholds, the same as the previous plan in 2014. However, an extra 140 ‘important areas’ have been tentatively identified, on top of the 3,300 established earlier.

The plan also states that 13,000 people are similarly affected by excessive railway noise within urban areas, up slightly from the earlier estimate of 11,000. A further 140 important areas within towns and cities have been marked out, on top of the 650 already identified.

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