A PRESENTATION BY `A19NAG’
FOR MEMBERS OF BILLINGHAM
– TO CLARIFY THE AIMS AND PROGRESS
OF THE BILLINGHAM A19 NOISE ACTION
GROUP, IN SEEKING TO REDUCE ROAD
TRAFFIC NOISE LEVELS FOR LOCAL
THE PROBLEM IS, THAT WHILE THE A19 LOOKS FINE,THE
APPALLING NOISE GENERATED BY HIGH VOLUMES OF
TRAFFIC, TRAVELLING AT HIGH SPEED, CAUSES MISERY FOR
RESIDENTS LIVING NEAR TO THE ROAD.
THE HIGHLIGHTED AREA SHOWS WOLVISTON COURT ESTATE
NEXT TO THE A19 BILLINGHAM BYPASS
AN ENLARGED VIEW OF WOLVISTON COURT NEXT TO THE A19 -
• Red spots indicate properties where noise monitoring has taken place
A19 BILLINGHAM BYPASS ROAD NOISE HISTORY
* Billingham Bypass opened in Nov.1982, including a
concrete section 4.2 km. long adjacent to Wolviston Court
* By the year 2000, traffic volumes had increased to 49,000
vehicles per day.
* ln 2001, a `Noise Fence’ was erected alongside properties
closest to the road. - Noise levels were worse than before,
due to the increase in traffic volume.
* March 2003: Transport Secretary, Alistair Darling confirmed
in parliament, that the concrete surface of the Billingham
Bypass would be replaced by March, 2011.
* By 2009, traffic on the A19 had risen to 62,000 vehicles a
day: this is over 22 million vehicles a year.
* March 2009: The H.A. announced that the road would only be resurfaced
when it required maintenance. That could be as long as 17 years!
* Spring 2009: residents organized, and submitted two petitions, with a
total of more than 1000 signatures to Frank Cook MP, objecting to the
Government’s broken promises.
* July 2009: DEFRA launched Draft Noise Action Plans to set out
thresholds to identify “First Priority Locations'' ( FPL s) for road noise
abatement, with a qualifying noise level of 76dB.
* September 2009: Tim Dice of Defra, in a reply to Frank Cook MP, stated
that Billingham Bypass would be classified as an ` important area
* May 2010: the Coalition government, published the Noise Action Plan for
the Teesside Agglomeration ( Redcar & Cleveland, Stockton and
Middlesbrough) areas. Possible`First Priority Locations’ and `Important
Areas’, will be revisited to verify their status between 2011 and 2012,
before noise abatement programmes are agreed.
* Nov.2011: Highways Agency wrote to tell A19NAG members
that, the programme for the replacement of concrete road
surfaces, had been discontinued.
CLOSE – UP VIEW OF THE RIBBED CONCRET SURFACE, WHICH WAS
ADOPTED TO REDUCE ROAD NOISE LEVELS AND THE ONLY ONE OF ITS
KIND IN THE NORTH EAST. IT HAD THE OPPOSITE EFFECT, RAISING
ROADSIDE LEVELS TO 93.4dB DURING A TEST CARRIED OUT FOR THE
HIGHWAYS AGENCY BY SCOTT WILSON
DIRECT LINE OF SIGHT OF THE A19 FROM KIELDER CLOSE.
AN EARTH BARRIER WAS REMOVED FROM THIS SECTION
IN1984, AFTER THE ROAD WAS COMPLETED, ALLOWING
UNIMPEDED NOISE FLOW
THE NOISE ATTENUATION FENCE INSTALLED BETWEEN
WOLVISTON COURT AND THE A19. HOWEVER IT DOES NOT
EXTEND FAR ENOUGH TO THE SOUTH, WHERE THE TERRAIN
FALLS BELOW THE LEVEL OF THE CARRIAGEWAY.
EUROPEAN UNION AND UK ROAD TRAFFIC
• THE EU ENVIRONMENTAL NOISE DIRECTIVE
(2002/49/EC) requires road traffic noise levels to be
• The Directive was implemented in the UK by the
Environmental Noise (England) Regulations 2006 (SI
2006/2238), under which strategic noise maps for
agglomerations ( specific urban areas) were required
to be produced.
• The first round of strategic road maps was produced
in 2007 and the second will be produced in 2012.
• In March 2010, DEFRA published Noise Action Plans,
with associated noise maps for agglomerations, ours
being that for Teesside.
THE TEESSIDE AGGLOMERATION NOISE MAP –
WITH POSSIBLE FIRST PRIORTY LOCATIONS SHOWN IN BLUE
WIDER IMPLICATIONS FOR ALL
• TRAFFIC ON THE A19 IS LIKELY TO INCREASE
MARKEDLY IN THE NEAR FUTURE, WHEN:-
– BOTH TYNE TUNNELS ARE IN OPERATION;
– THE HOSPITAL PLANNED FOR WYNYARD IS BUILT;
– RED HOUSE SCHOOL RELOCATES TO WYNYARD;
– WASTE IS BEING DELIVERED TO THE OLD
- PD PORTS EXPAND THEIR OPERATIONS AT
TEESPORT, AS IS PROPOSED.
POSSIBLE LOCATION FOR FUTURE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT; - THE FIELD
BOUNDED BY THAMES ROAD, THE A19 AND MILL LANE FOOTPATH.
MAXIMUM NOISE LEVELS FOR PROPERTIES BUILT IN SUCH A LOCATION
CANNOT, BY LAW, EXCEED 68dB, UNDER CURRENT LEGISLATION.
THE WAY AHEAD
• TO ACHIEVE THE EARLIEST REMEDIAL
ACTION, THIS SECTION OF TRUNK ROAD
NEEDS TO BE DESIGNATED AS A `FIRST
• WHILE `A19NAG’ AND ITS SUPPORTING
RESIDENTS CONTINUE TO DO ALL WE CAN
TO ACHIEVE FPL STATUS,
• WE FEEL STRONGLY THAT WE NEED THE
FORMAL BACKING OF BILLINGHAM TOWN
COUNCIL AND EVENTUALLY STOCKTON
BOROUGH COUNCIL, TO EXPEDITE THIS