HL Deb 26 May 2004 vol 661 cc147-8WA
Lord Patten

asked Her Majesty's Government:

By what date they expect (a) all of Britain's motorways, and (b) all of the dual carriageway sections of Britain's non-motorway standard trunk roads, to have been surfaced or resurfaced with noise-deadening materials.[HL2648]

Lord Davies of Oldham

As indicated in the Government's 10-year transport plan, quieter surfaces should be installed on over 60 per cent (2,500 miles) of the English strategic road network (motorways and trunk roads), including all concrete stretches by April 2011, subject to the availability of funds. Carriageways are being resurfaced with quieter materials as maintenance becomes due to keep them in a safe and serviceable (available for use) condition. However, where concrete carriageways will not require maintenance by April 2011, their resurfacing is being prioritised to address those locations where the most homes are affected by traffic noise first. In addition, quieter surfaces will be used in all new major junction improvements, bypasses and road widenings. On the basis of current maintenance expectations for the strategic road network, nearly all dual carriageway sections should be resurfaced by around 2015.